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Re: “Transit Police Say RTA's Unofficial Fare-Enforcement Policies are Inequitable and Dangerous

Officer Vikram, Officer Brian, You guys are the $#!+!!!!! About time someone found a way to get this information out, the TRUTH. Anyone else who said this out loud in front of "Lt. Orlando Hudson" was automatically put on his "target list" to find a way to fire them. How dare you not agree with him. Transit Police have several great officers with compassion to protect life and property of RTA passengers and property. That department has so much potential in being one of the best departments in Cuyahoga County. The leadership is the main problem, they get bonuses by licking Joe Calabrese asshole. Joe calabrese is a business man, a smart one but what everyone fails to realize, although he is the "big boss" CEO does not mean Transit police solely work for him and his goal to gain more and more money while the officers that the GOVERNMENT FUNDS AND ORDERED FOR RTA TO HAVE THEIR OWN DEPARTMENT DUE TO THE CAPACITY OF RTA BEING A LARGE TRANSIT SYSTEM" HE DOES NOT CONTROL AND SHOULD NOT CONTROL HOW THE OFFICERS WORK. At the end of the day there is nothing he can do if we don't get the numbers he wants. So concerned about fare evaders only and makes all these threats. I was an officer there for under 3 years and never met the infamous Joe Calabrese. He does not care about the Transit Police Officers who are in foot pursuits daily with armed criminals, he does not care about weapons being hidden on RTA property, He does not care about a few of his officers that got hit by car and ran. No appreciation to the officers stopping drug trafficking on RTA property, Human Trafficking that is taken place on his property. "Oh the fare evasion rate is in this percent rate punish and threaten the officers now" really what's the percent rate on car thefts, convertor thefts, on RTA property, robbery, kidnappers, how many gun calls, shots fired at RTA busses, RTA stations, the amount of weapons and drugs taken off the streets buy real crimes committed????? Officers putting their life on the line daily only to be unappreciated and threatened for fare evasion rate. NYPD put turn styles at every single station, there fare evasion rate is 0%. Fare evasion can lead to bigger things. I support the system, nothing in life is free, Also noone is entitled to free rides but that is not the most important thing on RTA property to keep hounding officers for. These men and women took an oath to protect and serve, they risk their life, they had the same training as any other police officer at any other department. They are REAL POLICE. Most important thing to an officer is our discretion, leadership even took that away. Wow 10 citations a day?? It was only 7-8 when I was there That department has so much potential and amazing hard workers, it's a shame that Lt. Hudson can get away with "violating so many of RTA policies" along with his family that clock in and literally disappear the rest of the shift until it's clock out time. Noone hounds them on their numbers or work ethics. Cheif Joyce is a very reasonable man and a smart one, a good man but he needs to stop looking the other way when it comes to "Hudson and Jordan" He is the Cheif for a reason and should be more involved and alert to what Hudson does. I'm pretty confident when I say I'm sure he's passed every test he's taken for his stripes as well as Commander O'Neil, Commander Gettings. Great knowledgable leadership, nothing is personal to them. They do the best they can in a circumstance of whom they have to work beside as in leadership. You could be an amazing officer with TP, getting drugs, guns, felony warrants 24 hours a day there but if Hudson doesn't like you for whatever reason or you don't agree with him, it will become his mission to harass and harass you until he can fire you. Every department I know the chief personally does any termination and should be the final decision maker. Not hudson doing whatever he pleased based on his personal relationship with an officer. Every other week he has a new target. Never anyone from his family though or of the same color as him. It's a damn shame how much power one useless man can have in that department. Kudos again to Officer Brian and Officer Vikram for finding a way to get some truth out!!

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Posted by Kitkat5 on 09/13/2017 at 1:35 PM

Re: “The Babysitter Killer

Tim King's body was found right around the corner from childhood friends of mine grandparents farm (yes there were still farms there then) on Gill road in Livonia mi. The case has always stuck with me all these years, I was 6 years old at the time. Still remember having police show up to my school for assemblies warning us not to "talk to strangers,etc", and also the overwhelming media coverage. Just recently I have become interested in this again, and have been doing some very amateurish sleuthing. From this sleuthing the names of Christopher Busch, Frank Shelden (Torey), Adam Starchild, and a few others always seem to turn up, especially Busch, as suspects in this case. Busch and Shelden came from very prominent and wealthy Detroit area families. I believe Busch and Lamborgine were acquainted with one another. Busch and Shelden definitely were. My thought (wouldn't elevate it to theory status) is that they were possibly part of these "elite" pedophile rings that are alleged to be operating even today e.g. Franklin child sex ring of the 80's, Jimmy Savile and high gov't British officials, right on up to today's John Podesta e-mail and Pizzagate scandals. I guess what I'm wondering is: has any law enforcement or private individuals looked at this "angle", to see if this is somehow all related to the same sick type of situation? Could the Oakland County Child Killer have been a party to something like this?

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Posted by dtonk on 09/13/2017 at 1:02 PM

Re: “Transit Police Say RTA's Unofficial Fare-Enforcement Policies are Inequitable and Dangerous

I can not confirm nor deny any of the quotes in this article. Heheheheheheeeee kchkchkch

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Posted by Vikram on 09/13/2017 at 12:48 PM

Re: “Transit Police Say RTA's Unofficial Fare-Enforcement Policies are Inequitable and Dangerous

Fake news, I would never say any of this rubbish.

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Posted by Brian Vikrams friend on 09/13/2017 at 12:48 PM

Re: “Transit Police Say RTA's Unofficial Fare-Enforcement Policies are Inequitable and Dangerous

"nine out of 10 riders who were given citations on the HealthLine were black"

No shit.

They must be profiling whites in order to get the number of citations to 10% of the total. They would have to cite just about every white rider to get that high.

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Posted by BrianWilson on 09/13/2017 at 11:21 AM

Re: “Transit Police Say RTA's Unofficial Fare-Enforcement Policies are Inequitable and Dangerous

9/10 people issues tickets for fare evasion by RTA were blacks? Honestly, they must be profiling whites to issue tickets to if they can find enough white RTA riders to make it to 10%. Seems like they would have to issue a citation to just about every white rider to make it 10%.

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Posted by BrianWilson on 09/13/2017 at 11:15 AM

Re: “Transit Police Say RTA's Unofficial Fare-Enforcement Policies are Inequitable and Dangerous

RTA has desperately needed a change in leadership for years -- which has deteriorated to what is found prowling around the Village of Linndale.

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Posted by LakeErieSeaGulls on 09/13/2017 at 9:18 AM

Re: “Transit Police Say RTA's Unofficial Fare-Enforcement Policies are Inequitable and Dangerous

Smells like Lt. Orlando Hudson isn't the only one "deflecting" common sense questions.

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Posted by Bloomdog on 09/13/2017 at 3:36 AM

Re: “At the All-Star break, a Conversation With Jason Kipnis on the Team's Struggles, His Struggles, and How They Can Get Back to the World Series

I have never been to an MLB ballpark where you could not bring in food. I can't say with certainty that none of them do though. I can recently remember doing it at Wrigley Field, Guaranteed Rate Field, Target Field, Rogers Centre and Camden Yards. I walked into Guaranteed Rate Field holding a Chicago pie. I once literally brought in five 24" pizzas to an Indians game over 5 years ago because I took a group of 25 people to the game. They check to make sure it's just food, but it's definitely allowed in. I brought in some food last night. The one bottle of water per person was added in the past couple of years. It has to be sealed and 20oz or less. Juice boxes have also been allowed for as long as I can remember.

This is directly from the Indians website:

"Fans may bring food into the gates in soft-sided coolers or bags that fit within the regulated 16"x16"x8" size restrictions. In addition, single serving juice boxes and 20 oz factory sealed bottles of water are permitted. Food and food containers are subject to inspection."

Canal Park does not allow outside food though.

I agree It is disappointing that there are so few non-Hispanic black players. Greg Allen seems like a cool guy, so hopefully he will have success. Basketball requires the least amount of equipment and space of most sports. I think that is one of the reasons it is popular with blacks. Not many have baseball players they can play at safely, let alone get a good amount of people for it. They also need gloves.

We had 18,000ish for consecutive win 19! Will 20,000 show up on Thursday to witness the record breaker if it happens?

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Posted by BrianWilson on 09/12/2017 at 11:44 AM

Re: “The feds do their best to conceal a toxic horror lurking beneath Elyria

My playground was Black river reservation which is called something else nowadays. I roamed with rage horses when Mr Chambers owned it. I've have a coke bleeding tumors removed feet feet to ovaries. Starting at the age of 34 had my first hysterectomy. My dear friend sent this to me a year ago but who do e contact. I have experienced Steph twice so far.

Thank you and my prayers go out to my neighbors.

Posted by Annette Sissy Williams on 09/11/2017 at 1:02 AM

Re: “Blessed Other

Holy love is a bunch of Bullshit. Don and Maureen are just two delusional scammers taking advantage of people.

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Posted by Onetruechurch on 09/10/2017 at 12:29 AM

Re: “The Old Rivalry is New Again

The Jake is jake with me, but PNC is the best "new" park in MLB. No contest.
Still, there's no place like Wrigley Field. Forget Fenway, and its kitty-sized rats.

Chuckles the Clown

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Posted by Chuckles the Clown on 09/06/2017 at 10:26 PM

Re: “The Old Rivalry is New Again

Get ready to laugh at the clowns once again.

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Posted by Art Modell on 09/06/2017 at 3:15 PM

Re: “Mastermind or Moron?

Thanks everyone for the positive feedback it for sure has changed my life

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Posted by Melisa Latham on 09/06/2017 at 11:35 AM

Re: “The Origins and Evolution of the Cleveland Accent (Yes, You Have an Accent, Cleveland)

There is a new book: "How to Speak Like a Midwesterner". The author believes the vowel shift was already in process in one region of England and migrated here.

The author also cites derisive names for our schools that I had never heard.

Posted by Thomas Pirko on 09/05/2017 at 2:59 PM

Re: “The Origins and Evolution of the Cleveland Accent (Yes, You Have an Accent, Cleveland)

Accent? No accent? I'm in the no accent group... but I'll tell you this. My grand dad was in WWII and back in the day, they had announcements over the ship's speaker system... dinner at 6:30... inspection at 0800, etc. The Navy deliberately chose men from NE Ohio to be announcers because they were the one group of speakers that everyone could understand. No drawl, no yinz, no NW accent... the most common pronunciation among the crew. I was taught we don't have an accent, and I've never said the word "c-yeah-t"... but we may sound different from other speakers from other places in America.

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Posted by RPK on 09/04/2017 at 11:21 PM

Re: “The Origins and Evolution of the Cleveland Accent (Yes, You Have an Accent, Cleveland)

Having learned to speak from my mother, a native of NEO, but growing up in Northern California, then living in the South briefly as an adult, I can tell you for sure the Cleveland accent is for real. I slip into it myself if I've been talking with my mahm (mom) or my uncles. It's nothing to be ashamed about, it just is. If you are ever in doubt about it, try asking for a bahx at a restaurant in Canada. Then listen to how they say box when they finally get what you're saying

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Posted by Margotmothra on 09/04/2017 at 10:20 PM

Re: “Northeast Ohio's Growing Opiate Addiction Crisis is Bittersweet for Those Needing Organ Transplants

The September 2017 National Geographic tackles a number of issues surrounding the opiate addiction crisis through its lengthy cover story -- "The Science of Addiction: How new discoveries about the brain can help us kick the habit".

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Posted by LakeErieSeaGulls on 08/28/2017 at 3:18 PM

Re: “Northeast Ohio's Growing Opiate Addiction Crisis is Bittersweet for Those Needing Organ Transplants

I offer what knowledge and experience I have come to understand about
addiction. Although I was never exposed to illegal narcotics I too know of
family and friends who were and/or still are today. Back in 1990 {when I
first moved away from home to pursue a Master's in Public Administration at
the University of Akron} I had the occasion to observe a lecture that
completely changed my life. It was a broadcast on WVIZ of John Bradshaw and
his series "On the Family." In essence his message is that children are
shame-based from a early age and retain this internal belief about
themselves throughout their lives. They inherit this from the family
systems that begat their parent, grandparents etcetera in what amounts to
{metaphorically} as the "sins of the fathers passed to the third and fourth
generation." Not only did I watch the entire series but all the rest as
well. The books brought even more clarity.

The theory helps one trace back the sources of their internal shame and
forces them to ask the question: is there really something wrong with me or
did someone just tell me I was {over and over again}. Bradshaw's concept is
not about blame but rather assigning responsibility because your parents and
their parents all fell victim to this self perpetuating system that
accentuates a belief that I am a mistake {shame} instead of I made a mistake
{guilt}. I believe this is one of the root causes for addiction not just to
heroin but as Bradshaw relates "any mood altering experience with life
damaging consequences." Think of the plethora of those that exist today.
In other words heroin is not the only addiction plaguing our society but
rather is a symptom of the sine qua non common denominator to all
addictions; a shame-based belief that there is something fundamentally
flawed about me to the point where I don't like being me so I addict myself
to something so I don't have to be the real me. Ultimately it is through
embracing the pain of being deceived that you will finally set yourself
free. This is difficult but can be done although it is a life-time
commitment. After one finally comes to terms with their own demons can they
truly say "Get behind me, Satan!"

John Bradshaw: Healing the Shame that Binds You


PS: In the final analysis it all comes down to a person not liking who they
are so they seek an escape {albeit a temporary one} in order to avoid being
who they are. The question before the entire world is this: how do we as a
human race change this self perception in those who seek out
any mood altering experience with life damaging consequences?"

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Posted by Joe Bialek 1 on 08/25/2017 at 4:42 PM

Re: “A Man Who Dresses in Medieval Garb and Walks Around Downtown is a Strange Ranger. But is He Dangerous?

Each time I saw him he just kept to himself and picked up garbage. And I saw him a lot- almost daily. I never saw any display of anger or disorderly conduct.

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Posted by Bonnie Phillips on 08/24/2017 at 9:39 AM

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