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Saturday, June 22, 2019

The Cuyahoga River Caught Fire 50 Years Ago Today

Posted By on Sat, Jun 22, 2019 at 8:09 AM

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But, as Wired points out, it caught fire lots of other times between 1936 and 1939. The June 22, 1969 conflagration, however, was given nationwide coverage by Time, meaning people all across the nation got their first glimpse of a major river in a major city burning and thought, "Holy hell, that's not good."

Once again, as Wired points out, the June 22, 1969 fire wasn't even treated as big news here in Cleveland ("What? The river's on fire again. Dammit. Oh well, go put it out. And pick up some Polish boys on the way back.") with the fire chief calling it “a run of the mill fire.”

But here we are, 50 years later, and it's still one of the first things that comes to mind when people hear the word "Cleveland." Well, that and Michael Stanley.

In celebration of the anniversary, the city is putting on a series of events. Find out more at

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Monday, June 11, 2012

Peter Bower, Alleged Dog Sex Abuser, Found with Life-Sized Inflatable Sheep (Update)

Posted By on Mon, Jun 11, 2012 at 1:02 PM

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Update IV:
Remember that handsome gentleman pictured over at the right? If you don't, Peter Bower is the name, dog sex is the game.

Fido fondness led Bower to previously engage in unspeakable acts with pooches, which he admitted. But Ohio didn't have any bestiality laws on the books, so the four-legged enthusiast pleaded out to animal cruelty charges. Among the terms and conditions he agreed to: community service, counseling, and a mandatory ban from owning or being around animals, lest they be subjected to the same treatment he gave the life-size inflatable sheep he was once found sexing. (Yep, that happened.)

But it seems Bower couldn't control himself. He took to the internet to offer his services as a dog-sitter, violated his probation, and was arrested. Via 10TV:

According to Shelby police, Peter Bower violated the terms of his probation by posting on a Web site that he was available to dog-sit.

His post also stated that he recently lost his two dogs and missed them, 10TV News reported.

And by "missed" he meant "missed fucking." But that kind of detail is probably not how to gain entry into the world of dog-sitting.

Update III:

The theme of this morning's blog posts: Ohio is really f&*king strange, and without a doubt, winning the "Ohio or Florida?" game this week.

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Monday, February 6, 2012

Viktor Schreckengost Museum Opening Delayed Amid Allegations of Misconduct (Updated)

Posted By on Mon, Feb 6, 2012 at 11:31 AM


Update: The Vicktor Schreckengost Museum is being delayed again. Where have we heard that story before? Oh, that's right.

What was supposed to be a Spring 2011 launch got pushed back after what sources told us was some hinky conduct by its former director. The reasons this time around are much less sinister and more practical: they don't have any money.

The AP reports:

The new foundation backing the museum didn't achieve nonprofit status in time for the scheduled opening, and didn't have its first official meeting until December, Edward "Ned" Hill, dean of the Maxine Goodman Levin College at Cleveland State University and president of the board, told The Plain Dealer.

The foundation has no cash but is laying plans to add more board members, create a clear mission, start raising money and hire museum staff, Hill said. The foundation has a lease on gallery space in an early 20th-century factory turned into an office and loft building.

"It's way too premature to say whether an exhibit is in the offing," Hill said. "Step one is to make sure we have a viable organization."


The planned opening of the Viktor Schreckengost Museum has been pushed back once again — this time amid hints of misconduct by its former director.

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Friday, January 27, 2012

Video: Cop Forgets to Put Car in Park, Cruiser Crashes Into Two Cars (Updated)

Posted By on Fri, Jan 27, 2012 at 12:18 PM


Update: Remember Officer Jody Showalter from Sandusky? Read the section below if you need to brush up on your current events. Showalter, who has been involved in four traffic accidents while on duty, is now being sued by a mother and daughter who say they were injured when Showalter ran a stop sign and hit their car. (Sandusky Register)


Sandusky officer Jody Showalter was on patrol Wednesday night when he stopped his cruiser to chase after a teen. Unfortunately, he forgot to put the cruiser in park, so it rolled on down the street, crashing into two cars. The department is investigating the incident, reports the Sandusky Register, which could be bad for Showalter: less than two months ago he was involved in a crash that sent two adults and a kid to the hospital. For that, he was suspended three days without pay and ordered to take a driving class. Coincidentally, or not, that driving class was to be on June 21.

POV video of the second incident below, via the cruiser's dashboard camera.

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Monday, September 19, 2011

John Kasich, Dan Gilbert Finalize Casino Deal; Racetrack Slots Coming to Ohio (Updated)

Posted By on Mon, Sep 19, 2011 at 9:00 AM


Update: Racetrack slots may have fallen slightly into the background this summer as Actual Casino news piles up along with casino job applications, but some news this morning on the 7-7-7 front: Governor Kasich wants to have a system to monitor and run the slots up and and ready in the next four months, according to the PD's Mark Naymik. That would put you in front of some virtual cherries with your oxygen tank by the first month of 2012, three months before the Cleveland casino will open its doors. Intralot, the company that manages the Ohio Lottery, is given first chance to develop the system because of a provision in its 2008 contract with the state. (


The stalemate between John Kasich and Dan Gilbert officially came to an end today with the state of Ohio extracting millions of dollars from Rock Gaming which will allow Rock Gaming to resume construction on its two cash printing presses casinos.

Here's the lowdown, via the PD:

Dan Gilbert and Ohio Gov. John Kasich today unveiled the terms of a multiyear casino deal that will bring the state tens of millions of dollars in additional fees and jump-start construction on Gilbert's casinos in Cleveland and Cincinnati.

The agreement between Ohio and Gilbert's company, Rock Gaming LLC, and its casino partner, Caesars Entertainment Inc., will require the developer to pay the state a total of $110 million over 10 years in annual installments.


In exchange for the additional payments, Rock Ohio Caesars will pay the state's Commercial Activities Tax, 26 cents on every $100 for the right to do business in the state, on its casino revenue after winnings are paid out.

In addition, John Kasich announced that Rock will be allowed to add slots at the six racetracks the company owns. For more on that facet of the agreement, refer back to Scene's cover story on video slots at tracks from earlier this year.

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Friday, September 9, 2011

Lakewood Residents Don't Want Detroit Theatre to be a McDonald's (Updated)

Posted By on Fri, Sep 9, 2011 at 1:00 PM


Update II: Another step was taken yesterday in the march to build a new McDonald's on the site of the vacant Detroit Theater, bringing happy meals and increased traffic for all.

Micky D's got conditional approval for the site's building and signage from the Lakewood Architectural Board of Review (you can see the designs here, via Lakewood Patch) after retooling the building and traffic flow to alleviate concerns. Except the traffic concerns aren't really alleviated.

Yesterday's meeting was packed, and plenty of folks in attendance worried that Woodward, where McDonald's will have an exit and where the city is planning on removing a stop light, will become congested with cut-through seekers and hordes of Egg McMuffin cravers.

McDonald's Rep Michael Lewis thinks the company has listened carefully to Lakewood citizens, and that they will totally love it once the Golden Arches go up. The Sun News reports:

“We feel we have created something that they (community members) will embrace,” said Representative Michael Lewis in his opening remarks. “We have been here for 47 years and we feel this development is something we’ll be proud of for the next 47 years.”

An October meeting is scheduled with the Planning Commission where traffic issues will again be addressed, undoubtedly populated by plenty of residents who think Michael Lewis is full of shit.


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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Stephanie Robinette, "Breast-Feeding Mother," Sprays Cops (Updated)

Posted By on Tue, Aug 2, 2011 at 11:30 AM

Careful, shes armed.
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Update III: The final cost of the breast-milk-to-the-face escapades: two years probation and $200. (Fox8)


Update II: The AP reports Stephanie Robinette pleaded guilty Friday to two charges: assault and obstruction of official business. Her lawyer says she's super embarrassed, wants to get on with her life, and hopes to avoid spraying her breast milk anywhere it shouldn't go. She's not expected to be sentenced to any jail time. — Grzegorek


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