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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

John Kasich is a Steelers Fan, Taunts Browns Fans (Updated)

Posted By on Tue, Sep 6, 2011 at 12:30 PM

John Kasich explaining why Ben Roethlisberger is really a good person.
  • John Kasich explaining why Ben Roethlisberger is really a good person.

Update: All you can ask for a man is to grow, to learn from past mistakes, and to constantly work toward being a better person. No matter how small the progress, it's worth noting, which is why we'd like to point out that while Ohio Governor John Kasich stuffed a Terrible Towel in his mouth back in April when he taunted Browns fans while in Northeast Ohio, he seems to have learned not to do that again.

The Columbus Dispatch reports the gov thought better than to dabble in baiting the two NFL teams that reside in Buckeye Country in an interview with C-SPAN that will air Sunday. When asked who he'd be rooting for when the Browns and Bengals square off in week one, he walked the non-offensive middle line.

"Let me avoid that: I’m an Indians fan. I like the Reds," Kasich said during the interview, which was conducted in part by Dispatch Washington bureau chief Jack Torry. "I have to tell you, I’ve been disappointed with some of the things that the Steelers did last year. I don’t want to get into this exactly what causes my disappointment. But I’ve kind of lost interest.

“I want Ohio to rise. That’s important to us. What would be better than to have the Browns and the Bengals have tremendous seasons and get them both in the playoffs? . . . I’d love to have the Indians knock off Detroit."

See, Ohio, there's hope yet.


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Friday, July 8, 2011

CMHA Head Charged in County Corruption Probe (Updated)

Posted By on Fri, Jul 8, 2011 at 1:44 PM


Update: Per the PD, the trial of suspended CMHA head George Phillips-Olivier will begin December 2. 5/1 odds that Frank Russo testifies about something, most likely that Phillips-Olivier never puts a penny, only takes a penny. — Grzegorek


Cue the Queen; this is best read with “Another One Bites the Dust” piping through the speakers. For awhile now we’ve been hearing chatter that Cuyahoga County corruption scandal is far from over, that the indictments are just gonna keep coming from the U.S. Attorney’s Office. That barroom gossip seems to have been again substantiated as another high-ranking head rolls, this time belonging to George Phillips-Olivier, the top man at the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority.

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Monday, May 23, 2011

Jimmy Dimora's Trial Could be Delayed, or Not (Updated)

Posted By on Mon, May 23, 2011 at 9:52 AM


Update II: Jimmy Dimora's trial will not begin until January 4, 2012, U.S. District Judge Sara Lioi has ruled. Now Jimmy's totally going to use the "too much holiday food" excuse to explain why he looks so fat on the witness stand, but no one's going to buy it. (WOIO)

Update: The wait continues. Via WKYC: "Just after 3 p.m. Thursday, U.S. District Judge Sara Lioi said she will issue a written ruling "at a later date" regarding former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora's request for a three-month continuance for his Sept. 12 corruption trial." Dimora handed over the direct line to the fax machine in his tiki hut so he can be the first to know.


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Thursday, May 12, 2011

Video: Car Runs Into Crowd at McDonald's Hiring Day in Cleveland (Updated)

Posted By on Thu, May 12, 2011 at 2:17 PM


Update III: More bizarre updates to the bizarre story. Cedrica Johnson, the passenger in the car that hit a bunch of people at McDonald's on hiring day, skipped her court date today. A warrant has been issued for her arrest. McMoron. (WOIO)

Update II: Stacey Matthews pleaded not guilty Monday to three felony counts of aggravated vehicular assault. (Fox 8)

Update: Stacey Matthews, the 22-year-old who hit four people with a car during the McDonald's melee earlier this week, has surrendered to police. Cops had issued a felonious assault warrant. (WOIO)


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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Superman Plaque Stolen (Updated)

Posted By on Tue, May 3, 2011 at 2:15 PM

  • Via the PD

OK, you can go back to whatever you were doing before you dropped everything and began your search for the stolen Superman plaque — it has been returned unharmed. The PD reports someone anonymously dropped it off at a fire station and it eventually made it back to its home. (


The plaque at St. Clair and E. 105th honoring Superman creators Siegel and Shuster has been stolen by some degenerate(s). Apparently nothing is sacred in Cleveland. Especially when some numb-nut thinks he's getting away with precious metal. Someone get resident C-town superhero Apama on the case.

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Friday, April 29, 2011

Man Fires Shots After Mom Says He Can't Use Car

Posted By on Fri, Apr 29, 2011 at 4:01 PM


In the latest installment of Ma, the meatloaf!...

Cops in Clermont County Ohio got a call from a concerned mother after her son, 22-year-old Shon Robinson, grabbed a .22 rifle that the family kept in the house and started shooting up the walls, windows, doors, and anything else he could set his targets on.

What was the cause for the Dirty Harry impression? Mom wouldn't let him use the car.

19 Action News reports:

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Working the Loading Dock

Posted By on Fri, Apr 29, 2011 at 3:43 PM

  • Esquire, photo by Andrew Spear

59-year-old John Hyduk is one of the best writers in Cleveland. We know this both because his work, which has appeared in numerous publications over time, is damn good and because plenty of folks vouch for his talent.

But he doesn't write for a living. Instead, he works at a loading dock for a beverage distribution company. In this month's Esquire, Hyduk writes about his job. The hours. The workers. The blue-collar life. It's mesmerizing, beautiful, haunting, and sweet. Here's a short excerpt from "The Loading Dock Manifesto: Notes from one of the best writers in Cleveland on how he makes a living," but be sure to read the whole thing for yourself.

I grew up in a blue-collar Cleveland neighborhood, a little bit of Old Europe transplanted onto a bend of the Cuyahoga River. The men — Poles, Slovaks, Czechs, Ukies, Hungarians — were scrappers and needed to be. Their wives stayed home, had gardens and babies, and could see the future in the bottoms of teacups.

I never needed a fortune-teller to see mine. It came shuffling past our porch every evening at 5:25, toting a lunch pail. At eighteen you were swallowed by the python and made your way through the beast like a lump. At the other end was a mill pension, casino trips on a bus charter twice a year, and church bingo every Wednesday.

At sixteen I lucked into a summer job on the railroad, which was like being plucked from homeroom to ride with the Dalton Gang. My coworkers gnawed fist-sized plugs of Red Man, worked like demons, and cussed like Baptists, apologetically but expertly. I hauled the cutting torch and handed out tools. Fire, iron, cussing — I was hooked.

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