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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Hippo Campus Brings Its Trippy Dream-Pop to House of Blues on May 6

Posted By on Tue, Apr 23, 2019 at 8:28 AM

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Hippo Campus wasn’t supposed to be called Hippo Campus. The name was a temporary place holder, lead guitarist Nathan Stocker says in a recent phone interview.

“It came to me in a dream,” says Stocker. “I think it was from God, or maybe Satan. I’m not sure.”

The concept was introduced to Stocker in psychology class, and he held onto it because brainstorming band names was far more interesting than learning about the brain.

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Monday, April 22, 2019

Fairview Park Schools Ditch Warrior Mascot, Replace it With New Warrior Mascot

Posted By on Mon, Apr 22, 2019 at 2:54 PM

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Fairview Park's school district is set to retire its previous Native American-themed Warrior mascot and replace it with a new Trojan-inspired figure.

Fairview Park is the second district to retire their Native American iconography after last year's decision to remove Chief Wahoo from the Cleveland Indians' jerseys.

Both the city's middle and high schools were using the former mascot, and both will be changed. The phase-out is estimated to be completed by 2022. The "New Warrior" (seen above) was designed by Fairview Park school parent Mark Hull.

The old mascot isn't completely going away, though. It's set to adorn various items in the school's upcoming "Warrior Room," which spotlights the school's history and alumni.

“For us this represents the beginning of a new era in the history of Fairview Park Schools,” said Chris Vicha, principal of Fairview High School and Lewis F. Mayer Middle School. He went on to cite current renovations, a muddled brand identity, a new athletic conference and student concern as additional impetuses for the change.

In early 2018, Scene found that 79 schools in Ohio had Native American references (now 77). The National Congress of American Indians reported that nationwide the number is around 1,000, and that only two-thirds of "derogatory Indian sports mascots and logos" have been eliminated over the last 50 years.

Late last year, Talawanda School District Braves removed their Native American mascot and changed their name to the more general "Brave." The decision was preceded by a six-page letter from the Native American Rights Fund detailing the harmful effects of the mascot. The letter specifically discussed the bullying of a 2012 alumna, who faced years of harassment after revealing her Aztec heritage.

Ultimately, Fairview Park's move is laudable and hopefully will catalyze similar mascot changes across the state.

"The district had put their foot down and said that we will not be dressing anyone up like a Native American and putting them on the sidelines of events," Vacha said. "We’re not going to do that anymore. We don’t believe in that."

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Bar 32 Helps Kick Off Cleveland Patio Season May 10

Posted By on Mon, Apr 22, 2019 at 2:26 PM

  • Photo by Emanuel Wallace
Is it patio season yet? We keep wondering over here at the Scene offices.
We want to be outside on a beautiful sunny day while drinking and eating. We want to finally be warm.

Thankfully, there is something to look forward to in downtown Cleveland with Bar 32 officially launching its patio season Friday, May 10 starting at 5 p.m. Weather may or may not be cooperative, but there will be live music from MIMO as well as plenty of craft cocktails and hors d'oeuvres on hand.

Most restaurants and bars around town do not offer a set date for their patio opening but rather make decisions to open based on consistent warm weather patterns. Always call ahead to confirm patio seating is open or risk being disappointing.

Find out more about the Bar 32 event right here. And find a list of some of our favorite hidden patio spots in Cleveland right here.

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Curbing Overdose Deaths: All Hands on Deck in Ohio

Posted By on Mon, Apr 22, 2019 at 2:09 PM

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio is among four states taking part in an ambitious effort to stem the tide of the opioid crisis.

The state is receiving nearly $70 million in federal funding for The HEALing Communities Study aimed at reducing overdose deaths by 40 percent over three years.

A coalition of universities, led by Ohio State and the University of Cincinnati, will focus on 19 counties hit hardest by the epidemic.

Lead investigator Dr. Rebecca Jackson, director of Ohio State's Center for Clinical and Translational Science and associate dean for clinical research in the College of Medicine, says it's a unique, all-hands-on-deck opportunity that will connect the efforts of criminal justice, medical providers, behavioral health systems, faith-based organizations and other community-level stakeholders.

"There's been a tremendous amount of wonderful people who have worked very, very hard in the trenches every day to try to save people's lives in the opioid crisis," she states. "And this really gives us one more set of tools, a greater set of information that's going to benefit all of us."

The National Institutes of Health also chose Kentucky, Massachusetts and New York for the study.

Jackson says the study will examine naloxone distribution to reduce opioid overdose deaths, and test other evidence-based prevention, treatment and recovery interventions.

"Behavioral therapies or peer systems and other things to enhance long-term recovery," she explains. "And supporting housing and education and jobs in order to actually have that long-term success."

The 19 participating Ohio counties run the gamut in terms of location and size, and Jackson says they will serve as a microcosm for the United States.

"We believe lessons learned from these communities in Ohio will not only serve to give us important information so we can stem the tide of the opioid crisis across the other counties in Ohio but, in fact, across the region and nationally," she states.

Prescription opioid overdose deaths were at an eight-year low in Ohio in 2017, which state leaders attribute to stricter prescription guidelines, stronger drug monitoring, and increased enforcement efforts.

However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still ranks Ohio second nationally for drug-overdose mortality.

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'Shazam' is Inspiring Ohioans to 'Be a Hero for Kids'

Posted By on Mon, Apr 22, 2019 at 2:03 PM

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - A popular box-office movie about an unlikely superhero is opening the curtain on the plight of children in need of foster care.

"Shazam!" is about a 14-year-old boy in foster care who discovers he has superhero powers, which he must learn to master to fight evil forces.

While following the filming of the movie, Amanda Ennis of Kent says she became inspired by the optimism and heart of the story. Ennis says she created "BeAHERO4Kids" to connect children's services organizations and theaters screening the film to help recruit new foster-care parents.

"I am a comic-book movie fan, of all things," says Ennis. "It was all sort of a rather chance thing. I didn't know a whole lot about our foster-care and adoption system before, but along the way I learned quite a bit and it seems to me like the only reason that people aren't up in arms about it is they don't know how bad the problem really is."

In 2018, more than 26,000 Ohio children removed from their parents were placed in out-of-home care, about 2,800 were in need of adoption, and more than 900 aged out of care without ever finding a permanent home.

The weekend "Shazam!" opened, recruitment events were held at nearly 20 theaters in Ohio, and four other states. Bryan Stanton, foster and recruitment supervisor with the Cuyahoga County Division of Children and Family Services says their event in Strongsville was quite successful.

"Very rarely did we have a unique partnership like this one was that really brought people just to learn about foster and adoption," says Stanton. "We're actually excited; the movie did really well too in the theaters, which is good. We have hopes of continuing to go out on some weekends and set up our informational booths."

Stanton says the opioid epidemic has greatly increased the need for foster parents who can provide kids with a safe place to live until they can be reunited with their biological families or adopted into a permanent home. He notes those who do step up are given as much support as possible.

"It's going to be some challenging times," says Stanton. "You're not going to be alone, and you're going to be completely provided with appropriate survives to make sure it works for everyone, it works for the child, it works with the foster family."

Ennis adds that even second-run theaters are getting involved, including the Hayesville Opera House in Ashland County, which is hosting an information event April 26th.

"There's going to be a special showing of the film for 200 foster kids and their guardians and families that weekend as well. So that's kind of exciting," says Ennis. "When I heard the news about that, I thought, 'Yep, this was all worth it.' "

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Bat Flipping, the Browns and the NFL Draft — The A to Z Podcast With Andre Knott and Zac Jackson

Posted By on Mon, Apr 22, 2019 at 1:59 PM


Andre and Zac discuss Jeffery Simmons, linebackers, expectations and more in their officially unofficial 2019 Browns draft preview.

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Derf Backderf to Publish Graphic Novel on Kent State Shootings

Posted By on Mon, Apr 22, 2019 at 1:33 PM


The Hollywood Reporter has reported that local comic Derf Backderf, who turned to graphic novels after years of producing some of the region's most distinctive newspaper art, will next year publish a graphic novel about the Kent State shootings in 1970 and the campus climate at the time. 

Titled Kent State: Four Dead in Ohio, the project will be released in April, 2020, and is based on extensive interviews and research that Derf conducted, to say nothing of his own memories. (He was 10 at the time of the shootings.) Derf will explore the lives of the four students who were killed by National Guardsmen called in to quell campus unrest: Allison Krause, Jeffrey Miller, Sandra Scheuer, and William Schroeder.

The graphic novel's publication will be timed to precede the 50th anniversary of the shootings.

Derf previously published the graphic novels Trashed and My Friend Dahmer, which was adapted as a film in 2017, and starred Alex Wolff as the teenage Derf.

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