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Cleveland’s Drag Scene is Expanding the Boundaries of the Artform and Finding New Audiences

Cleveland’s Drag Scene is Expanding the Boundaries of the Artform and Finding New Audiences

"Drag comes in and out of favor of the mainstream," says Dr. Lady J Martinez, a performer with a decade of experience and a Doctor of Philosophy from Case Western Reserve University in musicology with a focus on drag history.

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Plain Dealer Editor George Rodrigue Departing March 1

Plain Dealer editor George Rodrigue has announced that he will depart from the newspaper's top position on March 1. In a letter to readers,...

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Former Ohio State Wrestler Accuses U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan of 'Cover Up' in Sex Abuse Case

A former wrestler at Ohio State University told state lawmakers this week that U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, once an assistant wrestling coach at OSU,...

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Ohio is One of a Few States That Doesn't Require Employers to Provide Pay Stubs

COLUMBUS, Ohio — With Valentine's Day landing on a Friday, some people might be more interested in getting their paycheck than receiving flowers or...

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Trump's Budget a Non-Starter for Great Lakes Restoration?

COLUMBUS, Ohio — After past attempts to gut funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, the Trump administration's new budget plan funds the program...

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Cleveland is What Happens When You Gut a Newsroom

As the McClatchy chain cedes ownership and control of its 30 newspapers to a hedge fund after filing Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the Cleveland Plain...

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Amanda Berry's Restored Monte Carlo SS to Debut at the Upcoming I-X Piston Powered Auto-Rama

Working under the direction of Greg Boykin, the students at Max S. Hayes High School are restoring the 1986 Monte Carlo SS that belonged to...

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Bad News, Cleveland Browns Fans: Your Suffering Does Not Qualify You for Medical Marijuana

If you're hoping to self-medicate with a little weed to soothe the sorrows of another losing football season, you're going to have to do...

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Jane Fonda to Speak at Kent State University in Commemoration of May 4 Shootings

Jane Fonda is coming to Kent State University this spring to help commemorator the 50th anniversary of the May 4 shooting on the school's...

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Ohio Lawmakers to Introduce Bill Barring Certain Medical Care for Transgender Minors

Conservative lawmakers in the Ohio House of Representatives will introduce a bill that prohibits doctors from prescribing hormones or performing gender confirmation surgery for...

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ICE Arrests 75 People in Ohio and Michigan in Weeklong Operation

A weeklong operation by the U.S. Immigration and Customs and Enforcement (ICE) led to the arrests of 75 people in Michigan and Ohio. Of...

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Federal Climate Investments Could Bolster Rural Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Climate change may be hurting rural communities in Ohio and other states, but new research says federal investments could help turn...

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Baseball's Marketing Problem, and More — The A to Z Podcast With Andre Knott and Zac Jackson

Andre and Zac tackle several different sports business subjects in the latest “TV is King” edition of the A to Z Podcast. Subscribe to...

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The Scuttling of Council Reduction is Another Sad Example of Cleveland's Anti Democratic Leadership

Monday evening, Cleveland City Councilman Joe Jones and Bill Ritter, a leader of the group which gathered signatures to place two council-reduction measures on...

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Celebrating 100 Years of Women Powering the Vote in Ohio

August 26 will mark the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which guaranteed women the right to vote. And this week, a key player...

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Committee Withdraws Petitions for Council Reduction, but Issues Will Still Be on Ballot

Cleveland City Council clerk Patricia Britt has received a signed request to withdraw two ballot measures that would have amended the city charter to...

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Public Square to Host Free Valentine's Day Fireworks Show Friday

This Friday, aka Valentine's Day, you'll have the chance to fall in love with your sweetie all over again as live fireworks synchronized to...

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Should Dayton Shooter's School Records be Public? The Ohio Supreme Court Will Decide

The Ohio Supreme Court will soon weigh in on a huge question sparked by a tragic mass shooting: Should a student's right to privacy...

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Trades, Tweets and Taking Chances — The A to Z Podcast With Andre Knott and Zac Jackson

Andre and Zac are back with a discussion on the Cavs’ trade deadline move, Browns’ exhaustion, the XFL, Frankie Lindor’s future and more. Subscribe...

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Apparently You Don't Have to Pay Your Parking Tickets in Cleveland

A third of all parking tickets issued over the last three years by the city of Cleveland remain unpaid, an investigation by News 5...

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Ohio House Moves to End Performance-Based School Vouchers

A program that pays for students at some public schools in Ohio to attend private ones could change dramatically soon if the Ohio House...

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$13 Minimum Wage Initiative Continues Progress Toward Ohio Ballot

COLUMBUS, Ohio — An effort to increase the minimum wage for Ohio workers is a step closer to the November ballot. On Wednesday, the...

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