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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Kent State & May 4: 1970 Grads Get Diplomas 40 Years After the Fact

Posted By on Tue, May 4, 2010 at 12:33 PM


From the Huffington Post, news of seniors from the 1970 class that never got to walk to the state and grab their diplomas, who are now getting a chance to do just that.

For some graduating seniors of the Class of 1970, there would be no joyful mortarboard tosses, posing for photos with proud parents, or late-night celebration parties. They lost the chance to cram for final exams for a last boost to GPAs, or to say their good-byes to favorite professors and former roommates.

Until now. This spring, Lownsdale and other members of the Class of '70 will return to Cincinnati — or to Boston, or to Athens, Ohio — for the festive commencements they never had. Some will be accompanied by their parents, now elderly, or by grown-up children. Maybe they will find a chance to heal some old wounds.

"Even today, it evokes a lot of emotion," Lownsdale says. "There was a feeling of vulnerability ... all these years later, I'm still angry about it."

No one knows how many of the 1970 alumni will come back for the belated ceremonies. Meg Umlas, executive director of alumni relations at Boston University, says several hundred people, including family members, may attend that school's May 15-16 weekend. Ohio University and the University of Cincinnati will follow with gatherings in June.

"I think it's going to be a huge opportunity to get a sense of closure," says Roderick J. McDavis, Ohio University's president and himself a Class of '70 alum.

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Friday, April 30, 2010

Ray's Indoor Mountain Bike Park Featured on CNN

Posted By on Fri, Apr 30, 2010 at 3:23 PM

CNN's "Building Up America" series stopped by Cleveland and talked to Ray of Ray's Indoor Mountain Bike Park, the largest such indoor park in the nation.

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Pro Tip For Criminals: Don't Try And Sell Stolen Goods To the Person You Stole Them From

Posted By on Fri, Apr 30, 2010 at 12:40 PM

Robert Bumpus never read this book.
  • Robert Bumpus never read this book.

An ambitious, workaday thief in Akron thought he had a score when he nicked a laptop from an unlocked car. No one caught him in the act, so the first step in achieving a successful criminal endeavor was completed. Robert J. Bumpus Jr. was on his way, yes sir.

All he had left to do was unload the stolen computer for some cash and he would be on his merry way. With dreams of buying some flowers for the missus, or perhaps stashing away some money in his 401k (also known as the old pretzel jar on top of his fridge), our young would-be hero was patrolling the streets of Akron when he found a man on the street corner.

Bumpus approached the young male and offered to show him his wares.

The young man looked at the computer and realized it looked exactly like the computer he had left in his car. After dispatching a friend to his car to verify that his computer was, in fact, stolen from his car, he called police and Bumpus was arrested. Fairytale over.


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Sherrod Brown WaPo Op-Ed: "Too big to fail is simply too big."

Posted By on Fri, Apr 30, 2010 at 11:28 AM

The Capitol dome? Too big.
  • The Capitol dome? Too big.

Stop over to the Washington Post to read the full piece.

The Wall Street reform bill that is before the Senate, now that Republicans have ended their filibuster, will make important changes to our laws to provide for the orderly liquidation of these trillion-dollar banks if necessary. Those changes are important but not sufficient.

Fifteen years ago, the assets of the six largest U.S. banks made up 17 percent of our gross domestic product. Today, the top six banks make up 63 percent of GDP. No wonder our economy's fate is tied to their stability. As former FDIC chairman William M. Isaac has said, these banks are "too big to manage, and too big to regulate." With mega-banks, a single insolvency can send our economy into a tailspin. We shouldn't wait for trouble; we should avoid it.

We have experience in how to wind down banks — the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., unfortunately, is doing a lot of that these days. But a $10 billion bank is much different from a $1 trillion bank with international operations and connections. And while Wall Street maintains that size may not matter, I'd love to short the survival of that sentiment should any of these mega-banks run into trouble down the road.

Think about the position we would put some future administration and Congress in if the trends toward concentration remain unchecked. Will Washington really have the fortitude in 10 or 20 years to shut down a bank that has grown to more than 20 percent of our nation's GDP?

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Want An Invitation To Eat For Free At Melt's Cleveland Hts. Location Soft Opening?

Posted By on Fri, Apr 30, 2010 at 11:00 AM

You know you want it.
  • You know you want it.

Scene's food critic, Doug Trattner, gets to do all kinds of neat stuff because of his job. One of those is going to soft openings of new restaurants and scarfing down delicious food for free. I know, he's got it rough.

Fortunately for you, he can't make it to all of them. For example, Melt's soft opening at the new Cleveland Heights location. So, he's giving away his invitation to eat Fish's delectable grilled cheeses before the Cleveland Hts. joint officially opens.

Sadly, I am not able to attend the soft opening of the new East Side outpost of Melt Bar & Grilled. That's good news for one person and a guest, though, because I'm giving away my invitation! (Thanks, Matt.) The open house is on Wednesday, May 19, between the hours of 6 and 10 p.m. After RSVPing in advance, you can simply show up with this pass and dine for free. Sweet grilled cheese!

The shop officially opens to the public on Friday, May 21.

To win, simply follow me @dougtrattner and tweet the following post:

@dougtrattner is giving away a pass for 2 to eat @MeltBarGrilled for free before they open! Visit

I'll announce the winner on the @dougtrattner Twitter page on Monday, May 3. If it’s you, send me a direct message via Twitter within 24 hours.

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White Castle Celebrating National Hamburger Month With Hamburger-Scented Candle

Posted By on Fri, Apr 30, 2010 at 10:28 AM

Would you like White Castle candles over your White Castle meal?
  • Would you like White Castle candles over your White Castle meal?

White Castle may have been started in Kansas, but the fast food purveyor of mini-burgers is now run out of Columbus, so any White-Castle-related news always has a home here at Scene & Heard. And, regardless, the news you're about to read is so mind-blowing, it really doesn't matter whether it has to do with Ohio or not.

Ever scarf down 18 White Castle sliders at 3 a.m. and think to yourself, "I wish my house could smell like this all the time"? Well, now you can. According to a press release, White Castle is rolling out a White-Castle-scented candle to celebrated National Hamburger Month. Waft in that oniony, meaty goodness.

To commemorate its 18th annual celebration of National Hamburger Month, White Castle has teamed up with Laura Slatkin, often called the "queen" of home fragrances, to introduce a candle with the steam-grilled-on-a-bed-of-onions scent of America's first fast-food hamburger. Packaged in a ceramic holder that reproduces the signature cardboard sleeve of the White Castle Slyder®, the candles are available in select White Castle restaurants and on the website. Candles sell for $10 each, with net proceeds benefiting Autism Speaks.

If you'd like your house to smell like the morning after a White Castle expedition, you'll have to purchase your loose-morning-shits candle elsewhere, however.

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Summit County Deputy Shows How to Assault Inmates on Video

Posted By on Fri, Apr 30, 2010 at 9:59 AM

Deputy Jeffrey Dempsey has been suspended 10 days for this senseless assault on an inmate at a Summit County jail.

What caused Dempsey to turn violent?

A videotape of the incident shows Dempsey ordering inmate Douglas Brown, 42, to put down a portable fingerprint reader that the inmate was holding while seated at a jail booking station.

Brown, who had been arrested earlier that day in Akron for drunken disorderly conduct, responds by turning and flashing his middle finger at the deputy. According to court records, Brown has been booked into the jail nine times since 1992 for various offenses.

Dempsey then ordered Brown to ''get up'' and at the same time struck the inmate on the left side of his head. Dempsey then grabbed Brown by the neck and took him to the floor, knocking the inmate off a plastic chair.

Dempsey, 29, then tells Brown: ''Put your [expletive deleted] hands behind your back.'' As other deputies rush to the area, Brown is lifted to his feet and Dempsey orders him to ''Walk, [expletive deleted].''

''This is not conduct we approve of from our deputies and he was disciplined accordingly,'' Chief Deputy Garry Moneypenny said.

Obviously Dempsey was not familiar with the First Amendment rights of flipping the bird to police officers as was detailed eloquently in a recent Colbert Report segment.

Video below.

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