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Sunday, October 20, 2019

All the Slices You Need to Try During Cleveland Pizza Week 2019

Posted on Sun, Oct 20, 2019 at 9:45 AM

Ohio Lost 1,500 Jobs Last Month, New Report Reveals

Posted By on Sun, Oct 20, 2019 at 8:56 AM

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Roughly 1,500 fewer people were working in the Buckeye State last month compared to the month prior, data released Friday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services suggests.

Overall for the year so far, the state has shed more than 11,000 jobs, according to ODJFS numbers, with negative job growth in five of the last nine months. Longer term looks somewhat better — over the last 12 months, the state saw job growth of around .4 percent. Even that positive trend, however, lags the nation's 1.4 percent job growth rate for that period.

The state's unemployment rate ticked up to 4.2 percent, up from 4.1 percent in August but lower than the 4.6 percent Ohio clocked in September last year. The Ohio unemployment rate also lags the nation's 3.5 percent unemployment level.

Ohio's construction industry lost 1,700 jobs in the month, and the manufacturing industry lost 1,400. The mining and logging industries saw a slight uptick of 100 new positions. The state also shed 2,900 government jobs at all levels but gained 4,400 service industry jobs.

Over the past 12 months, the so-called "goods producing sector" — including manufacturing, construction, mining and logging — saw 5,500 fewer jobs in Ohio, fueled mostly by the loss of 7,600 construction jobs offset by 1,800 new jobs in manufacturing.

The monthly data from ODJFS is preliminary and is at times subject to revision. Some unique factors — including an ongoing strike at General Motors — can sometimes cloud the picture provided by the reports.

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Saturday, October 19, 2019

Former Ohio Gov. John Kasich Says He Supports Trump Impeachment 'With Great Sadness'

Posted By on Sat, Oct 19, 2019 at 11:11 AM

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In an appearance on CNN, former Ohio Gov. John Kasich said he's seen the "final straw."

The admission earlier this week by Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney that the Trump administration withheld military aid to Ukraine in part to encourage that country's leadership to investigate uncorroborated allegations that foreign governments helped the Democratic National Committee in 2016 was the breaking point for Kasich, he said.

Kasich was one of the last candidates standing against Trump in the 2016 Republican Party presidential primary and has been a vocal critic of the president since that time. His name is occasionally floated as an independent or primary challenger to Trump in 2020, though it is unclear whether or how Kasich would pursue that.

"This has been a very difficult 24 hours for me," Kasich said. "The issue of impeachment is really big to me. When I heard what Mulvaney said, the chief of staff or the president, it really pushed me across the Rubicon, and I'll tell you why. Withholding military aid to a nation like Ukraine, which has Russian troops inside its territory and is threatened all the time, so that a political operation can take place... to me, it's totally inappropriate and it's an abuse of power."

The president faces impeachment proceedings brought by Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives over his phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in which Trump appeared to offer the release of U.S. aid to Ukraine in exchange for an investigation into the Democratic Party and its front-running presidential primary hopeful and former Vice President Joe Biden.

The president's critics — including Democrats but also Kasich and U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney, both Republicans — say the president broke the law with those statements and subsequent public statements asking Ukraine and China to investigate Biden and his son, Hunter Biden, who served on the board of an energy company in Ukraine.

During his time as vice president, Biden pushed Ukraine to remove a Viktor Shokin, a prosecutor there long-thought to be corrupt. Trump alleges that the elder Biden did so because that prosecutor was investigating his son.

Thus far, there is no evidence that this was the case — and a number of statements from officials both in the U.S. and Ukraine, including U.S. Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio, show that the prosecutor who was removed was indeed suspected of corruption.

Mulvaney in his statements at a press briefing yesterday did not tie the release of the aid to investigation of Biden specifically, but instead to the investigation of a server belonging to the DNC.

“Did [Trump] also mention to me in the past that the corruption related to the DNC server? Absolutely, no question about that," he said. "But that was it. That’s why we held up the money."

Mulvaney later issued a statement saying there was "absolutely no quid pro quo between Ukrainian military aid and any investigation into the 2016 election" and accusing the media of "misconstruing" what he had said earlier.

Kasich said he wants to see the articles of impeachment the Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives draw up, and hasn't been totally happy with the way they've conducted their impeachment inquiry. But he also said he believes Trump's actions rise to the level of impeachment at this point.

"I say it with great sadness," he said. "This is not something I wanted to do... but this behavior cannot be tolerated and action needs to be taken."

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Celine Dion Returns to Cleveland After 10 Years and Slays

Concert Review

Posted By on Sat, Oct 19, 2019 at 10:40 AM

  • Photo by Jeff Jones
After Celine Dion hits one of those ungodly notes in her repertoire, she often does something a little unexpected — she celebrates.

Just like a football player who scores a touchdown in the most spectacular of fashions and then poses and screams with his teammates, Dion belts out the most eye-watering of decibels on stage and then pumps her fist, as if to say, "Hell yes, I just did that."

But what makes this diva even more of a unicorn is that these movements come off as endearing, rather than too self-admiring. And at last night's sold-out Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse show, the first American stop on her recent Courage World Tour, Dion was in the most celebratory of moods, gladly sharing her talents with the people of Northeast Ohio.

(See all the photos from last night's show right here.)

Entering center stage from a trap door in a bright red Jessica Rabbit-esque dress, Dion quickly rolled into the power ballad "It's All Coming Back to Me Now." Her voice was every bit as strong as when the cover came out in the mid-'90s. She unfortunately did not perform the entire 7-minute album version, instead, and understandably, choosing to move on with the show.

A large video screen box then lifted up into the air to reveal an entire band, complete with a horn section, a string quartet, two drum kits and three backup singers. She got right into one of her more recent hits, 2007's "That's the Way It Is," electrifying the crowd.

"You're looking so good tonight," Dion said after finishing the song. "It's been more than 10 years since I've been to Cleveland. What is that? I can't even count to 10. Way too long. Maybe they locked me up in Vegas. But I escaped, and I came to Cleveland, and it feels fantastic."

And truly, she looked fantastic and healthy with a brand new shoulder-length blunt bob haircut. Throughout the show, Dion had five costume changes, all achieved in mere minutes. In the downtime, her band excelled at keeping everyone entertained while various videos showed Dion putting on makeup, dancing and moving through water.

Rest assured Dion came armed with all of her hits. Her "The Power of Love" rendition was transcendent of time and space with her "All By Myself" not too far behind. She beautifully sang the "Beauty and the Beast" duet with one of her backup singers, while choosing to do "The Prayer" as a solo rather than a duet (originally performed with Andrea Bocelli, who as Dion pointed out, was not there).

But it was on the mostly French-language song "Tous Les Blues Sont écrits Pour Toi" that Dion went nuts. Not only did she show off her flexibility, hitting a standing back bend, but she also sang a note so high in the stratosphere it's still unclear if she didn't just make it up.

As she does have a fresh album out now, Dion, of course, was required to sing a couple of the new ones, too. And none of them were bad. The album's title track, "Courage," was especially moving. 

What was so glorious about last night's performance was that you could tell she was singing live because it wasn't always 100 percent perfect. Not to say Dion ever missed a note because that's probably not possible, but every now and then she'd toy with the timing of a phrase or noodle around a little too much.

The final song of the night (before the encore, obviously) was a mash-up medley that included Queen's "Another One Bites the Dust" and Prince's "Kiss," among others. And while these tunes offered her an opportunity to get the crowd pumped up — she doesn't have a whole bunch of upbeat songs in her repertoire after all — that part of the show felt like a leftover from her Caesars Palace residency in Vegas. She could have easily dug into her own catalog of songs here.

After she left the stage for one last costume change, we all knew there was one song she hadn't performed yet — her biggest worldwide hit "My Heart Will Go On." Arriving back in the fluffiest fairy godmother dress of all time, Dion obliged her fans by singing the Titanic heart-stopper with every ounce of passion she could give. The song was made even more magical with a beautiful drone light display flying around her head.

With the final "my heart will go onnnnnnnnnnnn and oooonnnn," she lifted her hand to the sky in celebration. And if you had the power to make women and men weep in their chairs from just the sound of your voice and your presence, you would probably celebrate too. It's a power that Dion has chosen to use for good.

Finishing out the night, she sang a song "you all know well," John Lennon's "Imagine." It was delicate and sweet.

We all could have listened to her sing for a couple more hours. 

Find the whole show setlist right here.

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Friday, October 18, 2019

Ryo Muranaka, the Bone Thugs-n-Harmony Superfan and Rapper, Now Has a Show Booked at Mahall's

Posted By on Fri, Oct 18, 2019 at 8:02 PM

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Shiba Dogg, aka Ryo Muranaka, aka the guy who sold all of his earthly possessions and flew from his home in Japan to Cleveland with the hopes of meeting Bone Thugs-n-Harmony back in June and is still here, has his first Cleveland gig booked.

Mahall's will be hosting Shiba Dogg this coming Monday, Oct. 21.

Some of his music can be found on YouTube here, if you're looking for a preview.

Ticket information is forthcoming, Mahall's said. We'll keep you posted.

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Red Wanting Blue's Third Annual Holiday Bash Coming to the Goodyear Theater on Dec. 28

Posted By on Fri, Oct 18, 2019 at 4:27 PM

  • Courtesy of the Elevation Group
The Goodyear Theater will host the third annual Red Wanting Blue Holiday Bash at 8 p.m. on Saturday, December 28. Some “very special guests” will join the Columbus-based band for the gig.

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Ohio Cocaine Could be Laced with Fentanyl, A New Cuyahoga County Ad Campaign Wants to Make Clear

Posted By on Fri, Oct 18, 2019 at 2:27 PM

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Your cocaine could be laced with fentanyl, a group of Cuyahoga County partners wants you to know, and a new ad campaign has been implemented to bring awareness to the issue.

While fentanyl is mostly known for its inclusion with drugs like heroin, local officials have recently seen an uptick in cocaine being cut with stuff as well. So far this year, 60 percent of all area drug overdose deaths have actually come from cocaine, laced with fentanyl and not.

"We have to acknowledge the opioid crisis has set its sights on a new group of victims, those who use cocaine, with absolutely no idea that what they are about to take contains a deadly painkiller like fentanyl," U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman said in a press release. “Making the mistake of using cocaine should not result in a death sentence.”

So now, plastered on billboards across the county and in targeted online ads, are pictures of seemingly mundane items like donuts and water bottles paired with wording to the effect of: “If this contains fentanyl, would you eat it? It doesn't. Your cocaine might.”

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Ohio along with the Cuyahoga County Executive's office and others are behind the new ad campaign.

Check out the new anti-drug ads below:
Find a whole lot more information on the local ad campaign at www.insideyourdrugs.com.

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