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Friday, October 19, 2018

An Ohio Man Ate 400 Skyline Chili Coney Dogs This Year and is Somehow Still Alive

Posted By on Fri, Oct 19, 2018 at 3:55 PM

  • Courtesy of Skyline Chili
After Ben Cohn's friends dared him to eat an entire party sub by himself on New Year's Day, he declined the challenge but swore to instead eat 400 Skyline chili-topped dogs before 2018 was over.

On Oct. 18, Cohn completed the challenge, 74 days early.

In case you're not privy to Cincinnati's Skyline chili, it rivals the pierogie and the buckeye chocolate as Ohio's greatest culinary contribution. It's a chili with a hint of cinnamon frequently served over hot dogs or spaghetti noodles, not joking.

Regardless, Cohn loves the regional treat and told WLWT5 that he was picking up Skyline so frequently, the workers could all recognize him by voice and his traditional order of "four cheese coneys, no onion, no mustard."

Cohn reportedly spent 291 days consuming a daily average of 1.37 Skyline coney dogs, though he didn’t eat one daily. While the Harrison location was his typical spot, he did snag some dogs during baseball season at the Great American Ballpark during Cincinnati Reds games. If Cohn took a day off, he would make up for it by consuming 4 to 10 coneys in a single sitting.

In honor of his accomplishment, his mom embroidered a shirt and Skyline Chili corporate sent him a gift basket in appreciation.

If you are up to challenge Cohn's record, the Cleveland-area has its own Skyline Chili restaurants in Brooklyn and Lyndhurst. 

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Ohio City Galley to Open Friday, October 26

Posted By on Fri, Oct 19, 2018 at 2:42 PM

  • Ohio City Galley
"As of next Friday we are all systems go," says chef Anthony Zappola of the Rice Shop, one of four new food concepts that will be operating at Ohio City Galley.

Since it was announced last year, the project has been steadily taking shape in the historic Forest City Bank Building at the corner of West 25th and Detroit Avenue, formerly home to Massimo Da Milano restaurant. Like Smallman Galley and Federal Galley in Pittsburgh, Ohio City Galley is a large, animated space with a bar, communal seating and multiple restaurant concepts.

In addition to Zappola's Rice Shop, a contemporary rice bowl concept, Ohio City Galley will feature Tinman, a classic diner concept from Michael and Tommy Schoen, Poca, a regional Mexican concept from Black Pig owner Michael Nowak, and Sauce the City, an eclectic Southern themed eatery from Victor Searcy Jr.

For a detailed description of each food concept, check out this article.

The doors officially open at 5 pm on Friday, October 26. Following that, the operation is a lunch and dinner concern seven days a week.

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Ohio Student's Homework Assignment Leads to 20-Year Sentence for Child Rapist

Posted By on Fri, Oct 19, 2018 at 2:17 PM

  • Vanguard-Sentinel Career & Technology Center Promotional Photo

Anthony Knight is going to spend the next 20 years behind bars after a remarkably brave student at Vanguard-Sentinel Career and Technology Center in Fremont, Ohio, wrote about her experiences as a rape survivor for a class assignment.

Students were asked to write an essay about obstacles in their lives they'd overcome, and this particular student disclosed that she had been sexually abused as a child.

A teacher handed the assignment over to children's services and the Sandusky County Sheriff’s Office, who then opened an investigation.

Knight plead guilty on three counts of rape, but was indicted on 12 counts. The student's essay detailed Knight had abused not only her, but her two sisters as well. It was determined that he had sexually assaulted the three sisters over multiple years, when they were as young as 7 years old.

On Tuesday, County Common Pleas Court Judge John Dewey, sentenced Knight to 20 years in prison and ordered Knight to register as a Tier III sex offender annually for the rest of his life.

Detective Sergeant Kenneth Arp told WTOL in Toledo that the family had confronted Knight when the alleged incidents were to have occurred, but did not report the crimes to authorities.

“I think that these types of things happen a lot more often then what the average person might think that it does,” Detective Arp told WTOL. “I think that if you talk to different investigators around the area they will tell you that they work a lot of sexual assault cases similar to this. This one happens to have a positive outcome and unfortunately a lot don’t, but I think it sends a great message.”

Detective Arp is hoping that this case will show survivors of sexual assault that law enforcement is dedicated to thoroughly investigate these cases. The women were initially reluctant to pursue the charges as they had not reported it in the past, but Arp noted they showed a lot of courage by coming forward.

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U.S. Girls Team Up with Tune-Yards for a Killer Double Bill at the Beachland Next Week

Concert Preview

Posted By on Fri, Oct 19, 2018 at 12:35 PM

  • Colin Medley
Initially, Meg Remy began to put the songs together for a new U.S. Girls album the way she always does. She began assembling a seemingly random collection of tunes until she had enough for a full-length.

“People send me musical ideas, or I ask them, or I write something lyrically that I have someone transpose to piano or guitar,” she says in a recent phone interview when asked about the songwriting process that led to the band’s latest release, In a Poem Unlimited. U.S. Girls performs with the terrific indie pop band Tune-Yards at 8 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 28, at the Beachland Ballroom. “It didn’t start as a conscious album. I’m always making stuff. There comes a point when you have enough things for an album. It was more natural in that way.”

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Phil Collins Puts His Showmanship on Display at the Q

Concert Review

Posted By on Fri, Oct 19, 2018 at 10:43 AM

  • Joe Kleon
We should have known better that when Phil Collins came to Cleveland for a show at Gund Arena in 2004 as part of the First Farewell Tour, it was hardly an actual goodbye. And although health concerns and a desire to spend more time with his family eventually did lead him to announce formally that he was retiring from the road in 2011, he admitted to the assembled crowd at Quicken Loans Arena last night that although he once said he “wouldn’t be doing this anymore, the truth is, I missed you.” And, as the reception from the audience would demonstrate throughout the night, he was equally missed.

You can see a slideshow of photos from the concert here.

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If Ken Johnson Had a Shred of Dignity He'd Resign Immediately

Posted By on Fri, Oct 19, 2018 at 10:11 AM

Ward 4 Cleveland City Councilman Ken Johnson
  • Ward 4 Cleveland City Councilman Ken Johnson
Cleveland.com's Mark Naymik must be extremely confused. His several exposés on Ward 4 Councilman Ken Johnson's prolonged and wanton misuse of public dollars have had zero effects. But Johnson's behavior should be treated like the scandal it is.

Late yesterday afternoon, Naymik published yet another story about Johnson's misdeeds in office. Johnson, it turns out, has been receiving $1,200 a month from City Council in reimbursements for what he calls "ward services." This is the maximum allowable amount for such reimbursements. Go figure.

For the past 2.5 years, a full-time employee of the city's recreation department, Robert Earl Fitzpatrick, who also happens to live on Johnson's street and once shared an address with him, has supposedly been performing these services. No one with a brain believes that any services have been performed. Council has been cutting Johnson the checks, and it's unknown what Johnson has been doing with the free money. Splitting it with Fitzpatrick? Taking it all for himself? 

This is just the latest bullshit. This whole saga started when Naymik reported back in July — JULY! — that Buckeye-Shaker Development Corporation was in dire financial straits and had become essentially a grass-cutting operation that employed those who had "direct conflicts of interest" with Johnson, including one of Johnson's sons, who also serves as Johnson's council assistant.

The conflicted employees of Buckeye-Shaker couldn't be paid with Federal Funds and were costing the organization $180,000 per year. A small auditing firm, in a letter that was sent to the city, said that this was the "root cause" of many of the organization's financial woes, and it would not be able to stay afloat much longer. 

Naymik's stories have been published steadily since then. They are always greeted with amazement by residents and greeted with proportional silence and assent by Johnson's colleagues, who seem pleased as punch to let their public office be thus debased.

They can rest assured, though, that their office is being debased. These stories should be regarded with supreme embarrassment by Mayor Frank Jackson and every last member of City Council. Johnson's behavior is almost certainly criminal; and if not, represents sustained abuse of his elected office.

Cleveland leaders need to wake up! This should not be controversial at all. Johnson's behavior is outrageous! Naymik's very first story should have triggered an investigation! If he had even a shred of dignity he would have resigned long ago. But in Cleveland, he must know that he'd receive zero pressure to stop doing what he's been doing.

The poor residents of Ward 4! They've been bullied and manipulated by this leisure-suit loser for decades. Johnson's been doing next to nothing for at least as long as I've been covering the city. Literally, the very first story I pitched when I walked in the door at Scene in January of 2013 was "Where is Ken Johnson?" because he never showed up to council meetings. This guy's a joke.

He needs to resign. Full stop. Jackson and Kelley need to force it if he won't do it himself. Critically, he must forfeit his right to appoint a successor. That should be absolutely non-negotiable. Why would anyone believe that Johnson even has the capacity to appoint a replacement who gives a shit about representing Ward 4 — and not just his family and friends — in good faith? Residents of Ward 4 must be allowed to pick a representative for themselves and rid themselves of this stain.

(Once again, props to Naymik for shining this long overdue spotlight.) 

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Garbage Celebrates the 20th Anniversary of Its Second Album With an Invigorating Show at Hard Rock Live

Concert Review

Posted By on Fri, Oct 19, 2018 at 9:26 AM

  • Scott Sandberg
When the gearhead guys from Madison, WI recruited Scottish singer Shirley Manson to form Garbage, they struck gold. A terrific singer with a big, soulful voice, Manson also happens to be one helluva performer. She put her talent on display last night during an invigorating two-hour set at Hard Rock Live that celebrated the 20th anniversary of the band’s second album, 2.0.

You can see a slideshow of photos from the concert here.

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