Monday, August 30, 2010

16 Dead People Have Voted in Recent Ohio Elections

Posted By on Mon, Aug 30, 2010 at 4:42 PM

Boo! I will haunt you, and vote GOP.
  • Boo! I will haunt you, and vote GOP.

The Columbus Dispatch reports today that over 5,800 deceased Ohioans remain on voter rolls throughout the state.

That bit of clerical error is embarrassing enough and troubling to many through the state without the prospect of any of those 5,800 dead people actually voting.

Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner says there are many reasons for the discrepancies, such as when an Ohioan dies outside of the state and the other state takes months or even a year to notify the Ohio Department of Health of the death. The deceased are obviously supposed to be removed from voter registrations, but the Dispatch reports that the process by which this happens — checking information from the Ohio Department of Health — is done by the counties, some of which clean up their databases more than others.

Cuyahoga County had quite the backlog.

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Cleveland Galleria Continues March Toward Sustainability

Posted By on Mon, Aug 30, 2010 at 10:00 AM

18th-century practices in 20th-century building.
  • 18th-century practices in 20th-century building.

The Galleria, a former hotbed of downtown business before all the businesses left downtown, is doing its part to turn back the clock of recession — by about 200 years, when plowhorses clogged the city streets each rush hour. Yet another cog in Cleveland’s urban agriculture movement, the Galleria debuted its "Gardens Under Glass" project early this year. It takes advantage of the glass-roofed mall’s potential as a growing site for vegetables and herbs, which it sells to restaurants in the building.

Now the project’s conceptualist, Galleria Director of Marketing and Events Vicky Poole, is moving into what she calls “Phase Two” — the Gardens Under Glass ReSource Center, in the former Gorant’s Cards and Candy space at the mall’s east end.

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Rock Hall Celebrating 15th Anniversary With 'Cleveland Rocks!' TV Special

Posted By on Mon, Aug 30, 2010 at 9:47 AM

Its still here.
  • It's still here.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame celebrates its 15th anniversary this Friday with a series of events you can actually afford to treat a family to.

Amid the media hype this week will surely be a shout-out to the hour-long special Cleveland Rocks!, which is scheduled to air at 7 p.m. Friday on WKYC-TV Channel 3.

What can you expect besides many gratuitous shots of the Rock Hall lit up in the downtown landscape?

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Goodtime III Discovers Dead Body in Cuyahoga River

Posted By on Mon, Aug 30, 2010 at 9:05 AM

And if you look to your right...
  • And if you look to your right...

"Folks, this is your captain. Just wanted to point out that if you look to your left you'll get a nice view Progressive Field. And if you look to your right... um... nevermind. Don't look to your right."

Passengers on the Goodtime III are used to seeing all manner of detritus floating in the Cuyahoga River. Driftwood, litter, the occasional rower, and piles of documents from the Cuyahoga County boards of revisions are the usual sights. Sunday afternoon, however, those floating along looking for a good time got something else entirely.

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Friday, August 27, 2010

Scene and Phillip Morris Agree: Super-Recycling Cans Questionable

Posted By on Fri, Aug 27, 2010 at 12:24 PM

Look, we need to talk, I know you havent been taking out the plastics.
  • "Look, we need to talk, I know you haven't been taking out the plastics."

Scene shouldered a little flak from readers earlier this month when we questioned Cleveland’s decision to hard-wire recycling bins across the city so The Man can tell if you’re taking out your cans and plastics on a regular basis. Our good government approach was swatted by the environmentally-minded amongst us who believe the program is a smart way to secure long-term savings.

But we weren’t the only ones saying what the f*uck. PD scribe Phillip Morris used his column inches earlier this week to beg the same question; Morris even goes as far as to throw around the label “garbage gestapo” — nicely said, sir.

Morris and Scene agree that, in his words, the program “just seems at odds with what should be the foremost priorities for a city that is physically unsafe, infrastructurally unsound and economically depressed.” Amen.

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Columbus Churches Ask That You Don't Kill Anyone This Weekend

Posted By on Fri, Aug 27, 2010 at 11:18 AM

Please restrict your homicides to weekdays, please.
  • Please restrict your homicides to weekdays, please.

It's a small but earnest request: Please don't kill anyone this weekend. Like, pretty please.

In the wake of a string of violent crimes in the area, churches have organized 'Ceasefire Columbus,' an event scheduled at Traveler's Rest Baptist Church on Saturday.

There will be live music, food, and a party to promote safer, more tolerant streets.

Reverend Charles E. Bond Jr. asks one simple thing: "We really would like to have one weekend where no one gets killed. If you're going to set goals, why not set them high?"

Good call, Reverend. No loftier goal than three days of no killing, right?

The Columbus Dispatch has the details:

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Ohio Wants Craiglist To Remove Adult Section

Posted By on Fri, Aug 27, 2010 at 10:41 AM

Ohio doesnt care about your quasi-legal sexual needs.
  • Ohio doesn't care about your quasi-legal sexual needs.

Ohio is one of over a dozen states that want Craigslist to abandon its adult services business.

Ostensibly, they have noble goals: reigning in child trafficking and cracking down on prostitution. No one's going to argue with that.

A letter on behalf of seventeen states — Arkansas, Connecticut, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia — said that Craigslist, despite added precautions, is still a hotbed illegal activities involving women and children.

If that means making it harder for you to search out some strange, then so be it. If you really want to satisfy your horny, fetishistic need to have a 350-pound black tranny spank you with a tennis racket while singing Lada Gaga songs, you might have to look elsewhere for someone to help you with that request if the attorneys general have their way.

The Austin Business Journal has the cockblocking details:

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