Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Ohio State University Debates Naming Emergency Department For Abercrombie and Fitch

Posted By on Wed, Aug 28, 2013 at 4:21 PM

The next time you lose an arm in Columbus, you may find yourself on a ride to the Abercrombie & Fitch Emergency Department, which on first blush sounds more frightening than losing an arm.

But the whole thing - a mere possibility for now - is actually a philanthropic tip o' the hat to one of the state's more iconic brands. The Ohio State University will be expanding the emergency department at its medical center next year, and the whole corporate branding shtick may be the right fit for the school.

The university's board of trustees will vote on the matter Friday, the Columbus Dispatch reports. It's unclear just how much Fierce cologne and autotuned pop would be pumped through the department, though discussions about that are sure to be lively.

The Ohio company has donated more than $10 million to the Wexner Medical Center and helped in creating the Abercrombie & Fitch Chair in Inflammatory Bowel Disease faculty position, which sounds prestigious. A&F has also funneled millions of dollars to Nationwide Children's Hospital, which named its own emergency center after the clothier.

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Diana Chittester plays Scene Session

Posted By on Wed, Aug 28, 2013 at 4:17 PM


Local singer-songwriter Diana Chittester says people always tell her that her albums don't accurately represent what she sounds like when she plays live. So she's decided her next album, which she'll record when she plays on Friday at the Winchester, will be a live album. She gave us a bit of a preview yesterday when she came by to perform. Find more info on Friday's show here.

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Elyria Man Says Girls Can Earn "Points" and Illuminati Payment for Sex

Posted By on Wed, Aug 28, 2013 at 4:10 PM


In a tactic familiar to conniving bullies everywhere, a man in — you guessed it — Elyria is now facing felony gross sexual imposition charges after allegedly trying to convince two teenage girls that they would receive payment from the Illuminati if they consented to sexual relations with him.

I know what you're thinking: What other conniving bully fabricates bogus allegiances with nonexistent secret societies to lure or otherwise sexually entice unsuspecting teenagers?

Answer: not many, granted. However, bullies are historically fond of inventing fake rewards to bend the will of impressionable youngsters.

According to an assistant county prosecutor in Lorain County — via the reporting of Brad Dicken at the Chronicle-Telegram — this dude Nelson Torres (for that is the name of our Illuminati emissary) usually just offers "points" for sex rituals. Or rather, he'll tell teenage girls that they can join a secret society and thereafter earn points by performing various tasks and blow jobs.

Nelson also told the girl that “the more points, the more money,” according to court documents. When the teen asked if it was illegal, Nelson said it wasn’t, but that she “would have to go out of her comfort zone,”

Yeah, but who wouldn't go out of her comfort zone for a few extra fake points?

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Life In Prison For Woman Who Slowly Killed Fiance With Antifreeze

Posted By on Wed, Aug 28, 2013 at 2:56 PM

It was seven years ago when Holly McFeeture slowly killed her fiance Matthew Podolak, the father of their two children. She had been putting antifreeze in his raspberry iced tea in their Archmere Avenue home in Old Brooklyn. On July 31, 2006, "Podolak went to the emergency room in extreme pain, disoriented, and vomiting," per the county prosecutor's office. "Podolak died later that day."

Today in the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, McFeeture was sentenced to life in prison, with the possibility of parole after 30 years, by judge Brian Corrigan. Last month, jurors found her guilty of killing Podolak (click here for videos, photos, and a good story by the Plain Dealer on that trial):

McFeeture had been a suspect since the January 2006 death of Podolak from what a pathologist concluded was intoxication by ethylene glycol, the active ingredient in antifreeze. But the 35-year-old mother and sometime bartender, was not charged until 2012, two years after the manner of Podolak's death was determined to be a homicide based on a tip that ruled out suicide or accidental death.

During the weeklong trial before Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Brian Corrigan, prosecutors contended that McFeeture wanted out of her relationship with Podolak and began lacing his red rasberry iced tea with antifreeze over several weeks.

Here's today's story from the Plain Dealer on the sentencing.

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Here's Where You Can Find 5 of the Best Pho Bowls in Cleveland

Posted on Wed, Aug 28, 2013 at 2:24 PM

This slideshow basically needs no introduction- the pho speaks for itself.

Here's our dining critic's picks of where to find the 5 best pho bowls in Cleveland.

You're welcome.

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Light Bistro's Matt Mathlage to Open Southern Spot in Heart of Hudson

Posted By on Wed, Aug 28, 2013 at 12:17 PM


Light Bistro chef and owner Matt Mathlage, along with business partner Eric Dietrich, will open a second restaurant in Hudson. Called Peachtree Southern Kitchen, the restaurant will take over the Old Whedon Grille (200 North Main St.) space that has been vacant since it closed last year. Ironically, Mathlage was that restaurant's chef de cuisine when it originally opened.

"I've always wanted to do a Southern restaurant," says Mathlage. "Like ever chef, I have 15,000 concepts I'd love to execute, but this is the one that's closest to my heart. It's what I grew up eating, and what I eat whenever I can."

The restaurant will be upscale but family friendly, says the chef, and will feature classic Southern dishes from the Low Country.

"The menu will run the gamut of what you think of when you think Southern food," he says. "There will be straightforward classics, but I'll also put my spin on things."

His "spin" on fried chicken involves a three-day process that includes brining and confiting the bird before breading and frying it in lard. Other menu items will include smoked prime rib, pulled pork, shrimp and grits, and a supporting cast of classic sides like Southern-style green beans, collard greens, and corn bread. Sweets fans will end their meals with pies, cobblers and tarts.

Of course, there will be plenty of bourbon, too.

A four-season expansion onto the patio space will double seating from 45 to 90, says Mathlage, adding that he intends to be open well before the end of the year.

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15 Things Going on in Cleveland Labor Day Weekend

Posted on Wed, Aug 28, 2013 at 6:09 AM

The glorious three-day-weekend that is Labor Day is nearly upon us, folks, and we've got a whole list of things for you to do.

Don't get too upset that this year's Air Show has been canceled- there's plenty more to do (and drink) ((and eat)).

Here's what's happenin' Labor Day Weekend in Cleveland.

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