Monday, October 31, 2011

Missed Connections, Halloween Edition

Posted By on Mon, Oct 31, 2011 at 11:00 AM


Craigslist's Missed Connections are always fun. They're even more fun at Halloween. Three of our favorite missed connections from this weekend below.

To the 4 different girls I saw dressed up as Annie Hall last night - w4w - 32 (Cleveland Ohio)

I don't know why all of a sudden it's in vogue to be a 23yr old dressed up as Annie Hall, but you might have saved yourself the money you spent on a hat you will probably never wear again, and just gone as Zoey Deschanel, cause it's the same damn thing. Also, you should aspire to date better men, Woody Allen as a boyfriend sucks. And please promise yourself right now to never make a movie with Jack Nicholson.


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Letter: A Criticism of Occupy Cleveland Leaders

Posted By on Mon, Oct 31, 2011 at 9:00 AM


Time for another spin through Public Square, our semi-regular feature where readers get to vent. Sometimes that involves calling Scene worthless rag, sometimes it means calling out politicians. Today, a reader explains his issues with Occupy Cleveland leadership. Every group suffers from infighting on some level. It looks like Occupy Cleveland is no different.

One or more of the Occupy Cleveland leaders, exposed in the Scene for planning their arrests in advance with police as a publicity stunt, and according to news reports run by Ben Shapiro, have a nasty control-freak,hypocritical, power tripping, anti-democracy habit of deleting reasonable factual postings on its Facebook page which question its secretive leaders, such as asking why it agreed to remove its tent city downtown next to Public Square and stop sleeping there, giving in to Democrat mayor Frank Jackson. Because they are buddies of the corrupt Democratic Party in Greater Cleveland? Which is an ally of unions which support Occupy Cleveland, run by people who oppose freedom of speech, as their Facebook page censorship proves. The occupy movement is good. But one or more top leaders of Occupy Cleveland are bad. The solution is to remove them. Or start a new, honest, Occupy Cleveland, that does not censor all questioning of its leadership on its Facebook page. Members keep quitting Occupy Cleveland due how it is run. The big decisions made secretly by a few.


Occupational Hazard, Cleveland

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Friday, October 28, 2011

Afternoon Brew: Couple Gives Away Kid, Turtle Thieves, Rich Lowrie Talks, and Browns Mustaches

Posted By on Fri, Oct 28, 2011 at 5:00 PM


Good afternoon, Cleveland. Here's some stuff to read while you pretend mustaches are really magic enough to help the Browns beat the Niners on Sunday.

— If you're a cracked-out couple and you give away a toddler to a stranger, you have to expect some trouble. (NewsNet5)

— A couple stole a $300 turtle from a pet store and got caught. Suburban poverty is really worse than we thought it was. (NewsNet5)

— Rich Lowrie, the "economist" who helped come up with Herman Cain's ever-deteriorating 9-9-9 tax plan, talked to the public. 9-9-9 plan still no clearer than it was before. (

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Plain Dealer Obviously Didn't Pay Attention to Ed FitzGerald's Request to Spell His Name Correctly

Posted By on Fri, Oct 28, 2011 at 4:00 PM

It was less than a week ago when Ed FitzGerald beamed out a notice to his senior staff that he would no longer sign documents on which they spelled his name incorrectly. It seems they, like all of us, forget to capitalize that pesky G every once in awhile.

The PD covered the story and even made it the topic of an editorial cartoon.

And yet today, in its coverage on a MetroHealth story, the paper didn't capitalize the G throughout the entire article. Subtle disobedience?

Yeah yeah yeah, we make typos and mistakes as well, but this one struck us as funny. Screenshot below.


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A Reminder to Obey Road Work Signs

Posted By on Fri, Oct 28, 2011 at 2:00 PM

Sometimes beyond those "Road Closed" signs there's no actual road work going on and no reason why you can't drive through. Sometimes, however, there's freshly poured cement.

A visual reminder from a driver who lost that 50-50 proposition, courtesy of the Morning Journal, below.


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Steven Barrett, Local Arts Guru Accused of Filming Roommates in Shower, Pleads Guilty (Updated)

Posted By on Fri, Oct 28, 2011 at 1:30 PM


Update: Steven Barrett was sentenced yesterday to seven years in prison. (19 Action News)


In June we brought you the disturbing story of Steven Barrett, a name that until this spring had only found its way into our column inches as a regular on the city's music and arts scenes. That all changed, however, when the 33-year-old was accused of video taping two female roommates while they were showering and then posting the vids on porn sites.

When Euclid police searched Barrett's house, they allegedly uncovered child porn on his computer. The defendant pleaded not guilty to the serious charges, and at the time Barrett's attorney told Scene his client planned to fight the rap.

But according to records, last week in the courtroom of Judge Margaret Nancy Russo, Barrett retracted his earlier not guilty pleas and pleaded guilty to nine felony counts of nude material of a minor, two misdemeanor counts of voyeurism, and one felony count of possession of criminal tools. Barrett's sentencing is scheduled for October 27th. He's now considered a Tier II sex offender.

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Suburban Cleveland Poverty Highlighted by New York Times

Posted By on Fri, Oct 28, 2011 at 1:00 PM


To look around Northeast Ohio, the poorest areas seem easy to pick out. Cleveland, East Cleveland, the near-west side of Cleveland come to mind, all beset by increasing poverty levels, foreclosures, declining employment bases. Places like Westlake, Strongsville, Mayfield Heights, meanwhile, retain the illusion of happy middle class life with picket fences and trimmed lawns. We all know that's not true — there's poverty everywhere, foreclosures everywhere — but new data shows that the problems in picket-fence land might be worse than we all thought.

The New York Times reports
that while cities experienced a 26-percent increase in poverty levels, suburban levels climbed by 53 percent. The report, which focuses on NEO, shines a light not only on the existence of increasingly poor populations in the outer-ring suburbs like Parma Heights, but the problems these cash-strapped suburbs face in providing services to the needy. 60 percent of Cleveland's poor, according to the report, now reside in the suburbs.

The whole piece is well worth your time. A short excerpt below.

As a result, suburban municipalities — once concerned with policing, putting out fires and repairing roads — are confronting a new set of issues, namely how to help poor residents without the array of social programs that cities have, and how to get those residents to services without public transportation. Many suburbs are facing these challenges with the tightest budgets in years.

“The whole political class is just getting the memo that Ozzie and Harriet don’t live here anymore,” said Edward Hill, dean of the Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University.

This shift has helped redefine the image of the suburbs. “The suburbs were always a place of opportunity — a better school, a bigger house, a better job,” said Scott Allard, an associate professor at the University of Chicago who focuses on social welfare policy and poverty. “Today, that’s not as true as the popular mythology would have us believe.”

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