Friday, May 30, 2008

Hello, Cleveland: The weekend concert cheat sheet

Posted By on Fri, May 30, 2008 at 9:28 AM

Eric Clapton leads the list of this weekend’s big shows, and California’s Sweetness leads the list of this weekend’s not-so-big shows that you should see anyway, even if it means staying out late on a Sunday. Read on for a full rundown. -- D.X. Ferris

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Keep an eye on the spending of suburban mayors

Posted By on Fri, May 30, 2008 at 5:47 AM

Economists estimate that it takes $7,000 to back the Beachwood mayor's official truck out of his driveway.
I think the recent I-Team report by Fox News on the vehicles that local mayors drive was wonderful. I was outraged listening to the Beachwood Mayor describe driving a 2008 V8 Chevy Tahoe (over $55,000 retail price). I would urge you to look further into the spending patterns of these politicians. You may want to look at how the politician's family members also drive their public vehicles. I can only imagine what other outrageous spending patterns you will find at the cost of taxpayers. Beachwood is probably a great place to start, as the city continues to spend more money while taxes go up each year. The city officials that permit this type of spending should be prosecuted for the misuse of public money. The city councilmen are just as responsible for the authorization. Keep up the good work and thanks for bringing this issue to the forefront. Please stay tough on these politicians. Demand answers for their spending. There is an even better story here, you just need to keep digging. A Lifelong Cleveland Resident
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They may not smell so good, but Oberlin students are applying their trademark zealotry to conservation

Posted By on Fri, May 30, 2008 at 5:25 AM

In Oberlin, you do not want to be naked in front of this creepy guy.
Most people measure their conservation by recycling milk cartons and walking instead of driving to the corner Speedway. Students at Oberlin, however, rarely fit into the category of “most people.” The college has applied its trademark zealotry to all things green. Every year, students organize a contest to see which dorm can limit its water use by spending the least time in the shower. Last year, according to The New York Times, the winning dorm didn’t shower for two weeks. [Note to readers: If you ever want to date again – at least outside Oberlin -- we do not recommend this method.]…

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16-year-old girl: My disappointing encounter with Scott Weiland, rock star asshole

Posted By on Fri, May 30, 2008 at 5:07 AM

Scott Weiland is mean to 16-year-old girls. Our guess is he also makes fun of crippled children.
I am a 16 year old girl and I saw Stone Temple Pilots with my father on May 20 at the State Theater in downtown Cleveland. I had the privilege of seeing Stone Temple Pilots play their third show since they broke up in 2003. As soon as the opening music started playing everyone who was at the show stood up and started cheering louder than any concert I had ever been to. Scott Weiland came out on stage smoking a cigarrette. It is state law that you cannot smoke in any indoor public place, but I had seen a few other bands smoke on stage since this law took affect. The State Theater is a beautiful old theater that is about 100 years old and every little detail in this theater was not over looked by the people who designed it. Scott Weiland would flick his cigarettes all over and I’m sure that he left a few burns. At one point I saw him flick a cigarette into the audience while it was still lit...

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Thursday, May 29, 2008

Money Where Your Mouth Is: Smiley Baldazar at the Winchester

Posted By on Thu, May 29, 2008 at 2:57 PM

Every so often, C-Notes passes the mic to a band and lets them explain why your life will be better if you go see 'em, even if gas is, like, 37 bucks a gallon. This week: Smiley Baldazar. Why? Because they're really funny. And they jam like hell, but not in a hippie way, which would suck. Also, if you like them, or just really like free stuff, the first two readers to e-mail us their name get a copy of their new CD free; we'll mail it to you, or you can pick it up at Scene's offices. Technically, that should mean you can skip the band's CD release party at the Winchester this weekend, but you shouldn't. Read on for their pitch, and the show details. -- D.X. Ferris

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The Terrence Hough case: It's safe to say this reader believes in the death penalty

Posted By on Thu, May 29, 2008 at 1:58 PM

How did they get the O.J. jury to come to Cleveland?
Apparently, the OJ Simpson jury had a nice vacation in Cleveland. 12 morons decided not to give Terrence Hough (the fire fighter who killed three people and injured two last july 5th) the death penalty. He killed three young adults who were making noise after midnight. He decided to grab a fucking 40 caliber and shoot 5 unarmed people, because calling the police and have these guys arrested apparently was too light of a punishment, right? ...

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County government reform bites dust; people named Russo breathe easier

Posted By on Thu, May 29, 2008 at 1:30 PM

With the Ohio Senate "studying" Hagan's proposal, the commissioner may have dodged a bullet.
Thank goodness for our state senators. Yesterday, they moved to block a proposal to “reform” Cuyahoga County government -- allowing nieces, nephews, and well-connected ex-girlfriends of politicians everywhere to breathe a deep sigh of relief. The doomed proposal, put forth without a trace of irony by Commissioner Tim Hagan, would have turned elected offices such as auditor, sheriff, coroner, and clerk of clerks into appointed posts. In theory, this restructuring would help cut down on waste and patronage, perhaps even winning us a few bureaucrats who knew how to use a calculator. In practice, of course, it simply would have given Hagan and Jimmy Dimora another avenue to stack the cubicles with their favorite minions...

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