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Friday, July 30, 2021

'Save It For Sunday' Series at Heart of Gold to Kick Off with All-Star Moxie Alum Event

Posted By on Fri, Jul 30, 2021 at 1:16 PM

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  • The dining room of Heart of Gold in Ohio City.

Heart of Gold (4133 Lorain Ave., 216-938-8711) in Ohio City typically is closed on Sundays, but the restaurant intends to host frequent special events that bring in outside chefs for progressive, collaborative meals. Titled “Save it for Sunday,” the series kicks off at 6 p.m. on Sunday, August 22, with a six-course plated affair featuring 11 chefs who all worked together at Moxie in Beachwood before it closed in 2019.

“I wanted to cook with the people who I got my chops with,” explains Heart of Gold chef Adam Bauer. “Honestly, to this day they are still the most talented people I have ever worked with. They are the unsung heroes of the Cleveland food scene. They aren’t the guys on Instagram; they are the guys who do the work. They’re the talent.”

The six courses will be prepared by teams comprised of Sean St. Clair, Michael Tolosa, Don Triskett, Brandon Veres, Kyle Anderson, Rowan Murray, Bobby Sabetta, Alex Hrvatin, Jason Quiner and Alaina Oneill.

There are just 40 seats available. The $120 fee includes passed apps, six courses and a champagne toast. An optional cocktail pairing is available for $50.

There is no final menu yet but diners can expect a very progressive, avant-garde roster of dishes, notes Bauer. And, before you ask, there will be no all-vegan, all-vegetarian or all-gluten-free options.

“We’re super excited,” says the chef. “We haven’t cooked together in years. This will be an evening of memories and amazing food and stories. It will be an interactive event with chefs in the dining room talking about their courses, telling stories.”

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Capitol Theatre to Reopen Aug. 12 with Wizard of Oz Screening

Posted By on Fri, Jul 30, 2021 at 12:01 PM

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The Capitol Theatre, Cleveland Cinemas' three-screen outpost in the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood, will re-open Aug. 12 after a pandemic hiatus of more than a year and the recent threat of permanent closure.

A special screening of the 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz will get things underway for the historic venue that first opened in 1921. Tickets ($5) are now for sale online and attendees are encouraged to come in festive Wizard of Oz costume. The Thursday evening screening will take place in the theatre's main auditorium, but the two upstairs auditoriums, now with luxury seating for up to 29 patrons, will be available for private rental.

Though the Capitol's centennial fundraising campaign has fallen somewhat short of expectations — currently, about $21,000 has been raised toward a $100,000 goal — federal funds for shuttered venues were released last month, paving the way for the theatre's re-opening.

Friday, Aug. 13, the Capitol will resume regular showtimes of new releases Thursday through Monday. The Aretha Franklin biopic Respect and the Ryan Reynolds action-comedy Free Guy will be that weekend's available films. The theatre will be closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays for the time being.

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What Experts Know So Far About COVID-19 Boosters for Immunocompromised People

Posted By on Fri, Jul 30, 2021 at 12:00 PM

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  • Hospital personnel prepare to administer a dose of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine.
People with weak immune systems don’t always mount strong defenses against the coronavirus, even after being fully vaccinated. A third COVID-19 vaccine dose might help protect some immunocompromised people, evidence suggests. But for now, there’s not enough data to say how much such a shot might help, experts with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said July 22. As a result, the agency isn’t yet recommending a third dose and says that vaccinated people in this group should keep wearing masks.

With global COVID-19 cases on the rise, finding ways to protect millions of immunocompromised people who are at high risk for severe disease is crucial. In the United States, an estimated 2.7% of adults, or 6.8 million people, are immunocompromised.

Studies suggest that until transmission of the coronavirus is squashed, millions of organ transplant recipients, cancer patients undergoing treatment and others are still susceptible to severe COVID-19, even if they are lucky enough to have access to shots (SN: 2/26/21). Of 45 vaccinated people admitted to 18 U.S. hospitals for COVID-19 from March 11 to May 5, twenty, or 44%, were immunocompromised, according to data presented in a July 22 meeting of the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.

A third dose of COVID-19 vaccines can boost coronavirus-fighting antibodies in the blood of some immunocompromised patients, laboratory studies suggest. But it’s still unclear whether specific groups might benefit more than others and how effective extra doses might be at preventing severe COVID-19. The immune system, for instance, has more than antibodies in its arsenal to attack the coronavirus and prevent severe disease (SN: 1/27/21). Studies from the real world would provide a clearer picture for how well additional doses might work, and for which groups.

At the very least, an additional dose appears safe for immunocompromised individuals, epidemiologist Sara Oliver of the CDC said at the July 22 meeting. For example, a study that included patients on dialysis for kidney disease showed that “symptoms reported after the third dose were consistent with what has been seen after the second dose,” Oliver said. Most vaccine side effects — such as fatigue, pain at the injection site, chills or soreness — were mild.

While U.S. officials are still discussing the benefits of the additional dose, some countries have already taken steps to get those doses to immunocompromised residents. Severely immunocompromised people in France, for instance, can get a third dose a month after their second dose, officials announced April 11. Officials in Israel announced July 11 that they too would begin giving immunocompromised individuals a third shot. And officials in the United Kingdom have proposed distributing additional doses between September and December.

Here’s a summary of what studies have found so far about the merits of an extra COVID-19 shot for the immunocompromised:

  • A third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine — either Pfizer’s, Moderna’s or Johnson & Johnson’s — boosted the antibody levels of some organ transplant recipients with previously weak responses to the vaccine, researchers reported June 15 in Annals of Internal Medicine. Of 30 vaccinated patients, six people had low levels of antibodies that recognized the coronavirus before getting a third dose. Another 24 did not have detectable antibodies. Two weeks after their third shot, all six patients with initially low antibody levels now had high amounts. Of the 24 people without antibodies, 16 still didn’t develop any, two had low levels and six developed high levels of antibodies.

  • Another study showed that 67 out of 99 organ transplant recipients vaccinated with Pfizer’s jab had detectable antibodies after a third dose, researchers reported June 23 in the New England Journal of Medicine. That’s compared with four of 101 individuals after a first dose and 40 of 99 after a second. Of the 59 people who didn’t have antibodies after the second dose, 26, or 44%, mounted the immune proteins after the extra dose.

  • More than 75% of blood, or hematopoietic, stem cell transplant recipients had detectable antibodies after two doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, researchers reported July 13 in the Lancet. Fifty-two of the 88 patients in the study had antibody levels above a threshold that corresponds to how well the immune proteins stop the coronavirus from infecting cells. Those who had received the transplant more than a year before getting vaccinated, and who had high numbers of pathogen-fighting white blood cells, were more likely to have lots of antibodies. Patients given treatments that suppressed their immune systems within three months of getting vaccinated, on the other hand, had low antibody levels, the team found. A third dose might be helpful for that group, but experts don’t know yet.
Third doses can also help some patients on dialysis for kidney disease, studies suggest. Of 12 dialysis patients who initially didn’t generate antibodies after two vaccine doses, half mounted an antibody response after an extra shot, researchers reported in a preliminary study posted July 6 at medRxiv.org. Forty-two percent, or 5 out of 12 antibody-negative patients, had antibodies after a third vaccine, another group of researchers reported May 31 in Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation.

In the United States, a recommendation for an additional dose for immunocompromised people probably won’t come unless the Food and Drug Administration permits extra doses under current emergency use authorizations for COVID-19 vaccines or until the agency fully approves the vaccines for widespread use, CDC officials said during the meeting. For now, the health agency isn’t aware of any data submitted to the FDA that might support such a change to the emergency use authorizations, the officials said.

In the meantime, experts are keeping a close eye on emerging data about additional doses. “However, while we do that, we need to remember what we can do now,” Oliver said. That means immunocompromised people should continue to wear masks, stay six feet away from others and avoid crowds or indoor spaces.

Originally published by Science News, a nonprofit newsroom. Republished here with permission.

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Cleveland Area State Reps Introduce Bill to Legalize Recreational Marijuana in Ohio

Posted By on Fri, Jul 30, 2021 at 11:31 AM

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  • Study finds that high THC cannabis use can cause memory issues.

Ohio state representatives Casey Weinstein (D-Hudson) and Terrence Upchurch (D-Cleveland) have introduced a bill in the Ohio house that would legalize recreational marijuana use in the state.

In addition to decriminalizing adult marijuana cultivation and possession, the proposed law would expunge prior marijuana convictions and levy a 10% excise tax on marijuana retailers.

Proceeds from that tax would go toward schools, roads and bridges, and, for the first two years, clinical trials researching marijuana as medical treatment for veterans.

"This bill is more than just about legalization," said Rep. Upchurch, in a press release. "It’s about economic and workforce development, it’s about decriminalization, and it’s about healthcare! The time is now, and I look forward to getting this done in a bipartisan fashion."

The bill's introduction comes days after cleveland.com reported that a new statewide coalition is pushing to place full marijuana legalization on the ballot in November. In 2016, a similar effort led to the legalization of medical marijuana.

"The current campaign could be an attempt to force the legislature’s hand once again," cleveland.com reported. "But if the legislature fails to act, or passes a modified version of the law, backers then could seek to take the original proposal for a statewide vote."

The initiative backed by the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol closely resembles the bill introduced by Weinstein and Upchurch. Its version, however, calls for the creation of a Department of Cannabis Control within the Ohio Department of Commerce and proposes that the 10% tax should fund social equity and jobs programs, communities that host marijuana dispensaries, substance abuse research, and administrative costs for the new Cannabis Control office.

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Ideastream Public Media Makes Its Mark Around Cleveland With Stencils Designed By Local Artist Erin Guido

Posted By on Fri, Jul 30, 2021 at 10:27 AM

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You might have noticed the "I Am" stenciling from Ideastream Public Media on sidewalks around town this summer.

The stencils were designed by local artist Erin Guido, and the project got off the ground after Ideastream rebranded as Ideastream Public Media – the home of Northeast Ohio’s member-supported public broadcasting stations WVIZ, WCPN and WCLV.

Ideastream Public Media puts emphasis on local communities in its coverage and the uplifting stencil messages are meant to be part of those communities.

“The local arts community is a big part of what we do and the stories we share, so we wanted to get them involved, and when I thought of the stencil idea, Erin Guido was the first local artist that came to mind,” said Matt Erman, Ideastream Public Media Director of Marketing. “I have loved her work for a long time, we have done a few stories on her and her style is perfect for the project.”

Guido is uniquely skilled and educated in public art and is aware of how art can work to enhance public spaces while uplifting the community.

“I have done lots of public artworks – some temporary wheatpasting, some permanent murals, and some temporary 3D interactive artworks through So Fun Studio, a collaboration with John Paul Costello who prototyped the stencils that we used for the Ideastream stencil project,” said Guido.

One might recognize Guido’s work from the memorable mural of rainbow birds professing their love to one another in caption form located at the West Shoreway retaining wall north of the intersection of West 25th Street and Detroit Ave.

Guido, currently residing in Ohio City with her partner and collaborator John Paul Costello, has helped install the stencils in locations on the west side while the Ideastream Public Media people have been executing most of the chalk spraying. Their team has been hitting spots all over the city, especially where there are friendly business owners who want to be part of the project.

“I Am Inspired,” “I Am Creative,” “I am Curious,” “I am Aware,” “I Am Informed,” “I Am Bold,” “I Am Trusted,” “I Am Local,” “I Am Community,” and “I Am Ideastream Public Media” are some of the phrases one will be able to find stenciled on their local sidewalks in colorful spectrum of chalk spray.

The typeface is funky lettering with alternating, sprightly colored text and background that are signature of Guido’s work.

“We wanted a sort of street art installation that engages people, and that people can identify with immediately,” said Erman. “All of these values resonate with people on some level, and Erin’s art makes them pop. As I spray them I’m constantly approached and asked about them – or I observe people stopping to read them, take photos with them etc. It’s amazing to see the goal come alive in real time!”

Twenty locations are already in play with many more to come.

“We have a location wish list, but this project is also very organic,” said Erman. “We hit high foot-traffic areas, but also will pull over whenever we come across what looks like a good spot, whether or not it’s on the list. The goal is to continue through the nice weather, while people are out, and we’re planning on circling back on a few spots like farmers markets while it’s prime time.”

Reaction from the community has been overwhelmingly positive.

“People have been super positive,” said Guido. “Once we tell them the project is for Ideastream Public Media, they are always happy. Ideastream already has such a positive presence in the community and I think this adds to it…I hope people see Ideastream Public Media as an organization that is dedicated to serve the Cleveland community in so many ways. And I hope the project adds a moment of color and fun to people’s days.”

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Halsey's New IMAX Film To Screen Locally on August 25

Posted By on Fri, Jul 30, 2021 at 9:43 AM

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  • Singer-songwriter Halsey.
A multi-media sensation, singer-songwriter Halsey aims to have an influence and impact beyond music. Her first book, I Would Leave Me If I Could: A Collection of Poetry, debuted on The New York Times Best Sellers list last November. Named as one of TIME's 100 Most Influential People of 2020, she has won more than 20 awards.

For her new album, If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power, she teamed up with Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.

In advance of the album's release, IMAX Experience: Halsey Presents If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power will premiere in select IMAX theatres in the U.S. on Wednesday, Aug. 25. Though an exact location has yet to be announced, the film will screen locally.

The hour-long film experience, set to the music of the forthcoming album, was written by Halsey, and directed by Colin Tilley.

Tickets to the film go on sale on Tuesday, Aug. 3.

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Titillating Tidbits: Tim Misny's Billboard Bet Paying Off Big? Plus Max Miller's Alleged History of Abusive Behavior

Posted By on Fri, Jul 30, 2021 at 9:27 AM

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Our weekly roundup of interesting happenings, minor happenings, stuff you missed, stuff we missed, and assorted fun.

Tim Misny has for the last two years engaged in what has to be some sort of record for billboard advertising. They're impossible to miss, bearing either his trademark "Misny Makes Them Pay" slogan or the "Stay Strong, Ohio!" pandemic messaging.

But has Northeast Ohio's baldest, most ubiquitous personal injury lawyer and minor pop culture phenomenon gotten his money's worth?

The Toledo Blade asked him.

His answer: The campaign has been, “Phe-no-me-nal. Phenomenal.”

While he didn't spill on exact numbers, he did tell the Blade the incoming client calls have broken records and the billboards, even for a guy who was already well known and plastered all over TV commercials, have been a "steroid shot" for his practice. They've even inspired a subreddit dedicated to capturing novel graffiti treatments and Photoshops.

Misny's come a long way since the early 1990s, when he was indistinguishable from any other personal injury lawyer promising to do right by accident victims.


He got the Mike Polk treatment in 2008.


A rap video in 2013.


And a clubby tune last year.


“I think people appreciate that there’s a guy out there who levels the playing field for them, because if there weren’t lawyers like me out there to hold medical institutions and businesses accountable, people would have no chance of justice,” Misny told the Blade.

- Politico's Michael Kruse dropped a lengthy profile this week of Max Miller, the Trump acolyte running against Rep. Anthony Gonzalez in the Republican primary in the OH-16.

Miller, of the Ratner and Sam Miller family line, is also recently engaged to Emily Moreno, the daughter of Senate hopeful, luxury car dealer and blockchain enthusiast Bernie Moreno.

There's plenty in there on the Trump test-case dynamics at play in the race but also plenty on Miller's allegedly abusive past.

“An incredible patriot,” Trump said, “who I know very well.”

Maybe not well enough, according to police records, court records and interviews with more than 60 people. Ranging from people who grew up with Miller in the affluent Cleveland inner suburb of Shaker Heights to those he worked with and for in the White House and on Trump’s campaigns—some of whom were granted anonymity because they fear retaliation from Miller, Trump or both—these people told me Miller can be a cocky bully with a quick-trigger temper. He has a record of speeding, underage drinking and disorderly conduct—documented charges from multiple jurisdictions that include a previously unreported charge in 2011 for driving under the influence that he subsequently pleaded down to a more minor offense.

And barely more than a year ago, according to three people familiar with the incident, Miller’s romantic relationship with former White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham ended when he pushed her against a wall and slapped her in the face in his Washington apartment after she accused him of cheating on her.

- Please clap.


- More from the nasty "slugfest" that's become the OH-11 special election Democratic primary from Cleveland's own Henry Gomez for NBC News here.

- The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is focusing its attention on the Davis-Besse nuclear power plant with a special inspection planned after two recent incidents, including diesel generators that have failed multiple times this year and a "complicated reactor trip" on July 8.

- Digit Widget:

28 - Total Ohioans arrested for their roles in the Capitol siege and riot. Two more were arrested and charged this week.

$100,000 - Amount Ken Johnson, on trial now in Akron on public corruption charges, owes the IRS in back taxes because of inflated deductions, according to an IRS agent who testified this week.

2- Ohio's rank nationally for states with the most lead lines still in existence. An estimate five years ago put the number at 650,000. The Congressional infrastructure bill would provide states with money to replace the lines.

$20 million - Total donated this week by the Mandel and Myers Foundations to DigitalC to help close Cleveland's digital divide.

- What's Scene dining editor Doug Trattner eating this week?


- Vintage photo of the week:


- New local music of the week: Last Gasp, "Vastly Deep"

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