Friday, October 4, 2013

Towpath Marathon Up in the Air Due to Government Shutdown: UPDATE

Posted By on Fri, Oct 4, 2013 at 1:47 PM

The good folks behind the Towpath Marathon have found themselves forced to set a deadline for their decision to hold the event. If the government hasn't gotten itself together by Oct. 8, the marathon will be rescheduled.

Originally posted Oct. 1

Whoo-ee, this shutdown business is a real cluster, right?

Among all sorts of madness (WaPo has a good breakdown of the most painful impacts), national parks are currently closed - including our own Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Ipso facto, that places the Oct. 13 Towpath Marathon in a tough spot.

Here's the latest from the good folks running the event:

By now, you may have heard that Congress has opted to shut our federal government down to what it refers to as "essential employees" only. A consequence of this decision is this: Our Towpath Marathon scheduled to be run on Sunday, October 13th MAY be impacted. We say MAY because the length of this shut-down is by definition unknown.

It is our intention to hold the Towpath Marathon and to do so on the appointed date - October 13th. We are working towards that goal. Of course, we will keep you abreast of any developments - either positive or negative. We also are exploring a rescheduled date this year, if needed.

We'll be keeping tabs on both the marathon and all other shutdown-related woes here in Northeast Ohio. Stay tuned for updates, and point us to your own concerns here in the comments section. What's the biggest problem for you as the dolts in Congress continue dicking around?

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

A Best Man Speech That Doesn't Suck

Posted By on Tue, Oct 1, 2013 at 11:06 PM


Jeff Kutz got married in downtown Cleveland last weekend. His younger brother, Aaron, decided to forgo the traditional best man speech and went all out with a full-scale video production that has all the elements you'd want in a good one (humor, sentimentality) without the risks of a doing it live after 14 gin and tonics and four hours of unsuccessful flirting attempts with that cute bridesmaid.

The set-up took a while (it gets good around the 2:40 mark), but this is well done and worth a watch:

Greatest Best Man Speech of All Time | Kutz Wedding | Cleveland, Ohio from RTH Multimedia on Vimeo.

(via reddit)

Stuck on your best man speech? Hire these guys to write it for you.

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Def Leppard concert film screening locally on Oct. 2 and 8

Posted By on Tue, Oct 1, 2013 at 3:03 PM

Filmed over the course of a two-night stand at the Hard Rock Café’s the Joint in Las Vegas, Def Leppard Viva! Hysteria Concert is a concert film that features the British heavy metal band’s first-ever live performance of the entire album. The movie screens on Oct. 2 and Oct. 8 at Cinemark Strongsville, Cinemark Valley View and Crocker Park Stadium 16.

“We heard that Cheap Trick used to do this in the ’70s and we’ve been wanting to do this for twentysomething years,” says guitarist Phil Collen during a conference call that features him and singer Joe Elliott. “We were like, ‘Finally.’”

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Shazam's Top 20 Locally Tagged Songs for the Month of September

Posted By on Tue, Oct 1, 2013 at 2:37 PM


Each month, the folks at Shazam, the company responsible for creating the app that lets you identify songs you hear on the radio or in clubs, compile the Top 20 songs that have been tagged in Cleveland and then exclusively send us the list. Here's last month's tally, topped by "Royals," the catchy tune from 16-year-old singer-songwriter Lorde.

1. “Royals
,” Lorde

2. “Bezerk,” 

3. “It Goes Like This,” 
Thomas Rhett

4. “That's My Kind of Night,” 
Luke Bryan

5. “Sail,” 
AWOL Nation

6. “I Luv This Shit,” 
August Alsina Feat. Trinidad James

7. “The Voice,” 
The Voice — Blind Auditions

8. “Roar,” 
Katy Perry

9. “All Me
,” Drake Feat. 2 Chainz & Big Sean

10. "Blurred Lines," Robin Thicke Feat. T.I. and Pharrell

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ODOT is Hosting a Public Hearing Today on the Opportunity Corridor Plans

Posted By on Tue, Oct 1, 2013 at 1:09 PM

The Opportunity Corrdor
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The Ohio Department of Transportation will meet with the public today to receive input on the Opportunity Corridor project's new Draft Environment Impact Statement.

The meeting runs from 4 - 8 p.m. at Mt. Sinai Baptist Church, 7510 Woodland Ave. If you can't make the meeting, ODOT welcomes comments online.

Turnout should be fairly hefty, as the project has stirred controversy since its inception.

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A Dozen Years In, Tastebuds Debuts a Food Truck

Posted By on Tue, Oct 1, 2013 at 12:54 PM


"Food trucks provide an incredible sense of freedom," says Bridget McGinty, owner of the tucked-away but popular lunch time eatery Tastebuds (1400 E. 30th St., 216-344-1770).

It is precisely that feeling of freedom that inspired McGinty to go mobile by rolling out the brand new Tastebuds food truck. "After a successful 12 years, adding a second location that is mobile will help us to continue meeting the demand for healthy lunches that are affordable and fast," she explains.

Hitting the road two weeks ago, the Tastebuds truck works hand-in-hand with businesses and property owners who desire food service but lack the necessary facilities. The inevitable goal, adds McGinty, is to establish a regular route with consistent times and locations throughout the St. Clair Superior, Midtown and Asiantown neighborhoods.

Diners can look forward to an ever-shifting menu of seasonal dishes, but McGinty promises that restaurant favorites will always be a part of the mix. "We will be sure to include the items that made us famous: our signature Greek pasta, gourmet salads, and chicken and chorizo burritos."

Fans of Tastebuds can keep tabs on the truck through Facebook.

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Bernie Kosar's Police Report is Classic Bernie

Posted By on Tue, Oct 1, 2013 at 11:40 AM

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Bernie. What the hell happened this weekend?

In the wee hours of Sunday morning, former Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar was arrested for drunk driving. None of this - the news that broke that morning and the forthcoming details - is too surprising. But the police report detailing his arrest has some infotaining illustrations.

Kosar's black Cadillac was tagged at 74 mph as he cruised through a 50-mph construction zone along Route 422. Here are the high points from there:

- When asked for his driver's license, Kosar handed Officer Scott McElroy two credit cards. When prompted again, he pointed at the cards as though they were his driver's license.
- When asked if he had had anything to drink that night, Kosar said he was "helping a friend out tonight."
- When asked to recite the alphabet from E to W, Kosar responded: "E, F, G, P, L, M, N, O, Q," which was so close, but then he dovetailed into a series of other incorrect letters and ended on "X."
- When asked if he had any injuries that would prevent him from performing the one-leg stand, Kosar said that he had undergone a lot of surgeries on his knees and ankles because his line couldn't block.
- Kosar refused the Breathalyzer, saying that he had always been told never to take those.

In the past, Kosar has blamed his sometimes-slurred speech on past head injuries and pain medication. Regarding the case at hand, a not-guilty plea was entered Monday. Kosar is slated for a Dec. 9 pretrial hearing.

The official Bernie Kosar archives here at Scene offer more of the same, to one degree or another.

Here's a good'un: "Trying to Cut Bread With a Saw: Bernie Kosar's Life Now"

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