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Friday, September 5, 2014

Plea Deal Directs HIV-Positive Priest to 'Early Intervention Program'

Posted By on Fri, Sep 5, 2014 at 1:43 PM

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The Rev. James McGonegal of St. Ignatius of Antioch Church pleaded guilty this morning to soliciting sex from a Cleveland Metroparks ranger and omitting the fact that he was HIV-positive.

(Read the original story below.)

McGonegal will now participate in an early intervention program, per a plea deal that's been in the works for months. If he completes with program, he will avoid a felony conviction and get all record of this crime expunged.

Needless to say, the plea deal also bans McGonegal from all Cleveland Metroparks property.

Originally published Oct. 15, 2013

The Rev. James McGonegal of St. Ignatius of Antioch Church will appear in court this morning after exposing himself and then some in the Cleveland Metroparks Oct. 11.

McGonegal pulled into the Edgewater Park parking lot, and a plain-clothes park ranger happened to be in the area. The ranger was leaving the parking lot and about to head down the trail head, but McGonegal had rolled down his window and begun tapping on the door frame. He was gesturing toward the ranger.

As the report goes on, the ranger continued walking out of sight, but then stopped and headed back to figure out what was going on. As he returned to the SUV, McGonegal was pulling out of his spot, but then quickly shifted back into it when he saw the ranger approaching.

The two got into conversation, with McGonegal explaining that he wanted "to get off," and that he'd pay $50. The ranger questioned him and soon asked to "see it." McGonegal then exposed himself to the ranger and began masturbating in his car. The ranger explained who we was and promptly arrested the priest.

A search of the car turned up three cock rings and a bottle labeled "Pig Sweat." It was nail polish remover, which McGonegal huffed to "get a buzz." The bottle had an image of a "pig/man figure wearing buttocks-free chaps," as the report explains.

The Cleveland Catholic Diocese released their statement Friday night: "Diocesan authorities have a policy of cooperating with civil authorities in these kinds of matters, and will do so in this matter."

According to those close to the Cleveland Catholic Diocese, McGonegal's sexual orientation was basically an open secret around town, though it's unclear if the Diocese or fellow priests knew that he was HIV positive.

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Lawsuit: Sexual Harassment and Retaliation in Case Western's Law School (Updated)

Posted By on Wed, Nov 6, 2013 at 8:58 AM

Case Western law school dean Lawrence Mitchell, left, is accused of sexual harassment and retaliation by law professor Raymond Ku, right.
  • Case Western law school dean Lawrence Mitchell, left, is accused of sexual harassment and retaliation by law professor Raymond Ku, right.

Update: Lawrence Mitchell is taking an temporary leave of absence, as announced in an email from the dean of the CWRU law school this morning.

Screengrab of his note below, which mentions that the lawsuit has become a distraction, that this will all be put behind him once the legal system takes its course, and that this will all the university to conduct its own independent review of the situation.



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Friday, November 1, 2013

UPDATE: Northeast Ohio's Anthony Paul Survives Blind Auditions and Makes it onto NBC's “The Voice”

Posted By on Fri, Nov 1, 2013 at 10:26 AM

Anthony Paul was eliminated from "The Voice" this past week.

His performance of Jason Derulo's "The Other Side" was admittedly not his best. Paul tweeted, "first of all, in my opinion that was my worst performance ever, and the fact that I still have so much support is incredible."

According to WKYC, Paul has resumed his college studies in Chicago.


Last Monday, Twinsburg local Anthony Paul was chosen to be a part of Team CeeLo on NBC’s “The Voice.” The reality show matches new musical talent with one of four celebrity coaches, CeeLo Green, Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera, or Blake Shelton. The coaches select their mentees through blind auditions.

Paul, 18, graduated from Twinsburg High School, where he performed with the decorated Great Expectations show choir. The then high school senior won “Best Male Vocalist” in the 2013 DeKalb Show Choir Invitational for his performance of The Drifter’s “Under the Boardwalk.” The Great Expectations were awarded the Grand Championship, as well as Best Vocals and Best Choreography.

Paul won his spot on “The Voice” by performing Chris Brown’s “With You.” CeeLo thinks that “[Paul has] a strong chance” of winning. Paul now faces the next three stages of the competition: the battle rounds, the knockouts and the live performance shows. Root for Anthony Paul on Mondays and Tuesdays at 8pm on NBC.

You can check out a snippet of Paul's audition below, courtesy of WKYC:

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Last Vegas is Fun, Predictable, and Surprisingly Heartfelt

Posted By on Thu, Oct 31, 2013 at 11:24 PM


Since its pre-production days, Last Vegas, directed by Jon Turteltaub (National Treasure), has repeatedly been compared to a "Hangover" for the Hollywood superstars of the '70s and '80s.

While the film does have a similar premise- four best friends take on Vegas for one last bachelor bro-fest- and, yes, it drips with a familiar punchline predictability and the story line does revolve around the same three narrative peaks (women, booze, and women again), there is one glaring and critical difference between The Hangover and Last Vegas— age.

It's the six decade friendship between Billy (Michael Douglas), Paddy (Robert De Niro), Archie (Morgan Freeman), and Sam (Kevin Kline) that makes their jokes seem just a little bit funnier, their ball-busting jabs just a little bit meatier, and their various falling outs and reconciliations just a little bit more meaningful.

Because of their 58-year-bond, and the life experiences they've shared along the way, the entire film comes across as far more heartfelt than its 2009 schmucky counterpart.

In one particularly warming scene, the "Flatbush Four" share a bottle of scotch, stolen during their rug-rat days in 1950's Brooklyn. Billy's saved it all this time. Taking a swig, the boys realize the stuff is as flat and bushed as they've become, and they can't even finish their glasses. Turteltaub makes space for these small, but satisfying moments of acceptance, gratitude, and joie de vivre in a comedy that's fleked with Viagra jokes and creaky replacement hips.

The humor, for its part, goes just far enough to make audiences giggle over broad jokes, silly gags, and lazy coincidences, but it's really the charm of a dynamite cast, including the luminous Mary Steenburgen- playing the witty single mom turned Sin City performer, Diana, who beguiles the boys with a little age-appropriate flirting- that makes the movie sing.

Last Vegas, which opens in theaters everywhere tomorrow, is a genial little comedy that delivers to the young, old, and everyone in-between.

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Backstage Pass: An interview with Heaven's Basement

Posted By on Thu, Oct 31, 2013 at 7:08 PM


The hard rock band Heaven's Basement formed five years ago in England. On tour in support of its hard rocking new album Filthy Empire, the band plays tonight at the Cambridge Room with Pretty Reckless. We caught up with two of the guys just before the show.

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10 Things Going on in Cleveland this Weekend (November 1-3)

Posted on Thu, Oct 31, 2013 at 2:56 PM

Another big (and festive) weekend is about to hit Cleveland.

Lined up we have the Cleveland Playhouse 35 under $25 Launch Party, the much anticipated WSCB Masquerade Ball, and the annual Day of the Dead celebration in Gordon Square.

A whole slew of talented musicians will be in town this weekend as well, including names like Diego Figueiredo and Chris Cornell.

Make sure you get out and about this weekend, Cleveland. It's gonna be a good one.

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5 Halloween-Themed Celebrations Going on Today in Cleveland

Posted By on Thu, Oct 31, 2013 at 11:50 AM

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Frightfully Delicious

If fright fests aren't your thing, try something a little different this Halloween. Join the fine folks at Bistro 185 for a special five-course vintage wine dinner. Menu items include festive favorites like house-made pumpkin and mascarpone ravoli, pan-seared scallops with caramel-orange sauce, bacon-and-pear Brussel Sprouts and apple-pear marzipan tarts with brown-sugar whipped cream. The meal is accompanied by a flight of red and white wines, expertly paired with each dish to really make your taste buds pop. The cost is $75 per person, plus tax and tip. Reservations are required. Call 216-481-9635 for more information.

Zombie Apocalypse

This Halloween, experience one of the most epic zombie takeovers ever. The folks at Punderson Manor Lodge and Conference Center are hosting a glow-in-the-dark paintball zombie massacre on their sprawling Newbury disc-golf course. Each participant will be armed with a high powered paintball gun and must run, jump, and roll their way through the thrilling 6,200-yard course without being eliminated by real-life zombie chasers. Participation costs $159 and includes a one-night stay at the Punderson Manor, plus all of your paintball gear. Space is limited, so if you want to partake in this year's zombie festivities do make sure you call 440-564-9144 in advance.

Halloween Photo Safari

Today is the final day to participate in the 2013 Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Photo Safari contest. Spend Halloween day taking photos of frightfully scary animals — or merely your favorite zoo creatures — and you could win a whole slew of fabulous prizes, including family zoo memberships, Metroparks golf passes and behind-the-scenes zoo tours. Photos will be judged in six categories: birds; mammals; plants and insects; reptiles, amphibians and fish; family and friends; and dinosaurs. You can submit your photos online at and check out the other competing submissions. The contest is open to all amateur photographers, and the only cost is zoo admission.

Beachland Halloween VII: The Massacre-Aid Ball

This is always a fun one. Now in its seventh year, the Beachland Halloween concert features local acts playing sets of covers. This year promises to be memorable. You've got garage rock vets the Hot Rails taking on Led Zeppelin, indie folk rockers Oldboy playing a set of R.E.M. covers and the moody alt-rockers Commonwealth performing a set of the National's tunes. Other acts getting the tribute treatment include the Cramps, Murder City Devils, Black Sabbath, Gogol Bordello, Queen, ZZ Top and the White Stripes. Prizes will be given out for the best costumes. The festivities start at 8 p.m. and the cost is $5.

Scary Sweet Jams

For plenty of bars and clubs in town, Halloween is a good time to get a cover band or DJ to play tunes that cater to the lowest common denominator. Not Mahall's. The Lakewood club has booked a sonically adventurous line-up that includes Cleveland's post-punk heroes Pleasure Leftists, a band whose Joy Division/New Order/Bauhaus-like new single "Elephant Men" has gotten rave reviews, and Wolf Eyes, a veteran noise group that sounds as menacing as ever on its latest album, No Answer: Lower Floors. Scary stuff. The cost is $12 and the tunes start at 9 p.m. at Mahall's 20 Lanes.

Now See: 15 Painfully Sexy Halloween Costumes>>


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