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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Plain Dealer Newsroom Anxious After Drastic Changes At New Orleans Paper (Updated)

Posted By on Tue, Aug 28, 2012 at 3:49 PM


Update: The Plain Dealer's parent company will also cut two of its other papers down to the 3-day publishing model. Tick, tick, tick... (NY Times) Grzegorek


Today the media world is churning itself into an anxious mess over the fate of the New Orleans daily newspaper, The Times-Picayune. One of the oldest and most storied dailies in the game, the paper has more than a few Pulitzers under it's belt, including accolades earned as Katrina was pulling the Big Easy to pieces. But what wind and rain couldn't slow, the realities of the print business have: as first reported in the New York Times, the publication will now only print three times a week. The new emphasis is on the web. Considerable staff cuts are expected.

But besides a hit for journalism, the news out of New Orleans has a possible impact here in Northeast Ohio: Advance Publications, the same parent company putting the Times-Picayune under the knife, owns the Plain Dealer.

Sources inside the Plain Dealer told us today staffers were called in for meetings. Managing Editor Thom Fladung was circling between the departments trying to ease anxiety. The message from the top is that the paper will not be cutting its days and that business would continue as usual. The PD business model is different from the Times-Picayune, the line went. Our sources says everyone assumes there's a unsaid ellipses hanging off the assurances: for now.

Part of that unease about the future comes from the fact that Advance seems to be implementing a cookie-cutter approach to their pub re-organization. The NOLA moves mirror changes that happened earlier at the Ann Arbor News. As with that change, the Lousisana shuffle will ripple out to other neighboring Advance dailies: The Mobile Press-Register, The Huntsville Times, and the Birmingham News, according to the NYTimes. In addition to the PD and Times-Picayune, Advance owns Newark's The Star-Ledger and The Oregonian.

Tough news today for everybody in the business. Hopefully, the PD will duck this kind of drastic corporate butcher job.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Cedar Point's Next Roller Coaster (Updated)

Posted By on Tue, Aug 14, 2012 at 8:44 AM


Update: Back in late May we told you that a new wing coaster would be Cedar Point's next big project. Yesterday, they officially unveiled the plans and the name. Meet the "GateKeeper."


The Sandusky Register got its paws on an internal memo from Cedar Fair CEO Matt Ouimet to the board of directors back in February that outlined the park's next big coaster.

Code name: CP Alt.Winged.

What that means: Just what you see above. A wing coaster with no track above or below the riders.

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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Breach in Carp Defense System Causes Concern About Deadly Carp Invasion (Updated)

Posted By on Thu, Aug 9, 2012 at 10:35 AM


Update: Busy times on the front lines of the battle between man and Asian Carp, the deadly river fish that could 86 the entire Great Lakes' ecosystem if they should happen to sneak inside. Last month scientists discovered trace samples of carp DNA at two locations. As a caution, the Columbus Dispatch reports, state officials recently searched 58 sites for carp. None were found. All, maybe, is safe.


Get the kids out of the water, man your spear guns, and enjoy tasty perch while you can: Deadly fish could be coming, and they’re programmed to kill.

The region’s epic fight against Asian carp — the deadly species of river swimmer that’s been banging on the shores of the Great Lakes for years, with promises to make a mess of things once they get in — might have taken a seriously bad turn. A power outage at a defensive post near Chicago — yes, we have anti-fish forts — left our flank exposed for 13 minutes last week, according to officials from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The outage could have allowed untold numbers of carp a free pass into the Great Lakes and its connecting canals.

What’s yet to be determined is whether the power loss was the result of a simple mechanical error or evidence of the carp’s superior brain activity.

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Monday, July 2, 2012

Melt is Coming to Mentor (Updated)

Posted By on Mon, Jul 2, 2012 at 12:04 PM


Update: The specific location of Melt Mentor: “We will be moving into an end storefront in the Points East Plaza at the corner of Route 306 and Mentor Avenue on the western part of Mentor.”

Adjust your lactose-based dietary needs accordingly.


Matt Fish's emporium of cheese, which is more like a ever-expanding kingdom of cheese at this point, will set up its next outpost of gooey deliciousness out east in Mentor.

This will be the fourth Melt to dot the Northeast Ohio landscape. October is the planned launch.

Fish and Mentor officials had some comments on why this is a good thing. Via Patch:

"I know there are people from Mentor who already come to Melt," he said. "But there are also people who prefer to stay in the area. So this is going to open a whole new market for us."

Ron Traub, the city of Mentor's director of business and economic development, said Melt's opening brings with it "a sense of culinary arrival" for Mentor.

"Mr. Fish and Melt are hot numbers in the Greater Cleveland area and even nationally," he said. "To have them open a restaurant in Mentor is exciting."

So, to recap: Melt = culinary arrival, and Matt Fish = a "hot number."

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Sue Warren Breaks Into Homes, Cleans, and Overcharges (Updated)

Posted By on Wed, Jun 13, 2012 at 4:11 PM


Update: Well, the mystery has been solved, but then again, it wasn't really a brain buster why a woman would break into a home, clean, and leave a bill: she needed some money. 19ActionNews gets some face time with Warren, who explains in an awkward, 8-minute ramble that she had no intentions to steal anything. It's kind of a sad interview.

"I needed to make some money, I needed to make some money," she told the station. "I figured maybe I was doing them a favor."

She also wants her $75 for the work:

"This is how business works in this country."

Hear, hear.


Sue Warren has an interesting business plan. Apparently, instead of waiting around for calls to her cleaning business, the Elyria woman slips inside unoccupied homes, does a few chores, then leaves behind a bill. A pretty pricy bill, we might add.

That's the story Sherry Bush is telling WKYC. According to the station, the Westlake homemaker came home recently and found the house had been surreptitiously tidied up. On a napkins, an intruder – Warren – wrote out a $75 bill for the work. Besides weird, it was potentially scary – Bush's daughter was asleep upstairs when Warren made her uninvited visit.

Warren also left behind a phone number; Bush decided to call, assuming the cleaning woman had come to the wrong house.

"I think our jaws just dropped to the ground," Bush said. "I said, what happened, did you get the wrong house? She said, 'no, I do this all the time.' I said, what do you mean? She said, 'I just stop and clean your house.'"

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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Craving Your New Scene? So Are We ...

Posted By on Thu, May 31, 2012 at 5:22 PM

Hang tight. Were coming!
  • Hang tight. We're coming!

In light of the Memorial Day holiday, Scene went to press on Wednesday night this week — one day later than usual.

That's why your favorite Scene box has greeted you with an empty stare today. If all goes well, the delivery fairy should have this week's jumbo-sized Guide to Summer issue on the street no later than midday Friday.

For those of you who can't wait, you've come to the right place. For those of you in need of bathroom reading, maybe try taking your laptop with you just this once. And please wash your hands when you're done.

Thanks for your patience.

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The President From The West Wing is a Sherrod Brown Supporter

Posted By on Thu, May 31, 2012 at 4:32 PM

I would absolutely put Sherrod Brown in my imaginary Cabinet.
  • "I would absolutely put Sherrod Brown in my imaginary Cabinet."

For a politician facing the re-election grind, nothing beats having the President of the United States scuffing the campaign trail at your side. A close second might be if the fictional President of the United States from a Emmy-award wining television show presses palms for the cause. Hell, let's be honest, it might even be more important than the real deal.

Former President Josiah Bartlet – or for all you non-West Wing fans, Martin Sheen – made an appearance today at a food bank outside of Columbus for Senator Sherrod Brown. The for-the-cameras stop was part of a series of events the Hollywood staple is doing for the Democrat, including some cush fundraisers, according to the Dispatch.

At today's event, Sheen – a Dayton native, who knew? — filled up reporters' notebooks with a lot of kind words about Brown.

“He just makes me very proud to be a Buckeye,” Sheen said. “That this voice is coming from where I’m from. It’s because this state has become so conservative and it’s that awful term ‘ battleground state.’ Yeah, it’s a battle for people’s souls, and this effort (the food bank) speaks more about who he is, what he stands for.”

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