Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Cleveland is Metal Theft Capital of America

Posted By on Tue, Oct 15, 2013 at 4:12 PM


Ohio University alum Wilbert L. Cooper, now an Associate Editor at Vice, has written a vivid long-form piece about the scrap-metal community in Cleveland, Ohio — a bustling community indeed. Foremost among his revelations is that Cleveland ranks first in the U.S., by a substantial margin, for metal theft per capita.

Cooper follows scrappers — most of them in the Central neighborhood on the city's east side — and learns the ins and outs of the trade. He even chats with councilman Anthony Brancatelli to provide perspective about how the housing crisis and metal theft are inextricably linked.

Here's one of the more thought-provoking moments in the story:

If Anthony [Brancatelli] and locals favor demolition, though, to people like Shorty and Jay—unemployed and without many legal job prospects—demolition represents a wasted economic opportunity. As I left Slavic Village, I thought of something Shorty had told me. “You’ve got thousands of condemned homes in Cleveland,” he’d said. “What do they do with all the stuff in those buildings? They send it to a landfill. Why wouldn’t you let someone who is unemployed go into a building and get what they can get? It’s going to be demolished anyway.”

Maybe that is the paradox of scrapping: the same economic forces that created the housing crises also helped create the scrappers who survive on its wreckage. And so, while city leaders like Anthony might see scrappers as their enemies—leeches on the city’s meager resources—both parties are part of the same destroyed economy and neither will likely stop harassing the other until the city finds some larger economic salve for its wounds. They’re all on this sinking ship together.

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Hazard Adams plays Scene Session

Posted By on Tue, Oct 15, 2013 at 4:00 PM

The guys in the local indie outfit Hazard Adams are putting the finishing touches on an album they hope to release before year's end. They stopped by our office last week to debut a few songs from it and play a few songs from the self-released album they put out in 2012. They've never played an acoustic set before but we think the format suits them just fine.

Check out previous Scene Sessions with the Promise Hero, Zach, Stephanie Trivison, Diana Chittester, One Day's Notice, Taylor Lamborn, Unsaid Fate, Hey Monea! and Joshua Jesty.

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Desperate Browns Fan Posts Wanted Ad on Craigslist for New Quarterback

Posted By on Tue, Oct 15, 2013 at 3:27 PM


A desperate Cleveland Browns fan has posted an ad on Craigslist for a new quarterback.

The ad-ster poignantly requests: "Please no redheads, people named Brett, or any U. Of Florida alum."

Welp, that eliminates Weeden, Brett Favre, and Tim Tebow, yes?

Compensation would run $125,000 a week. Not too shabby.

Read the ad for yourself below:

Hello, and thanks for reading.

Have you played pro football? College ball? Highschool? Pee-wee?

Have you played Madden before?

Do you sort of kind of know some of the rules of football? If yes keep reading. If no...well also keep reading! We will take ANYONE. This could turn into a regular gig for the right person.

The Cleveland Browns as you may have noticed are having problems scoring points on offense consistently. We are deciding that we actually want to win this year and that we have a real shot at it too. 3 wins in 6 games!? We were expecting maybe 1/3 of those wins for the whole year, but SOMEHOW we have a shot still. Here's the thing...our defense is sick nasty, but we've got problems under center...well one problem. Brandon Weeden. If you're sick of seeing desperation heaves to the sidelines, countless sacks after superb coverage, and underhanded lightly tossed interceptions in the 4th quarter then please come apply! If you can throw a ball, come apply! If you can't, come anyway! We can teach you the basics....throwing the ball to the guy who has the same color shirt as you. Throwing the ball reasonably close to a receiver that's WIDE OPEN, throwing the ball more than 3 yards on 3rd and 16. Think you got what it takes? Come on down! You're the next contestant on Cleveland Quarterbacks!

Please no redheads, people named Brett, or any U. Of Florida alum.

So- any takers?

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Lake Erie Monster Shows Up in North Coast Harbor

Posted By on Tue, Oct 15, 2013 at 2:30 PM

The Lake Erie Monster - quite literally the logo for the Lake Erie Monsters AHL team - has surfaced in North Coast Harbor. The stunt comes by way of the Monsters and the Downtown Cleveland Alliance.

That's pretty much it.

It looks cool.

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Cavs Season Primer aka The Dilemmas of the Understaffed aka "The Rotation Situation"

Posted By on Tue, Oct 15, 2013 at 12:57 PM


After yesterday's practice, the Cavs announced an absolute slew of injuries. We already knew about poor Tyler Zeller. He strained his hip on the slippery floor of Baldwin-Wallace, under the blameless Brazilian heft of Anderson Varejao, during the Wine & Gold scrimmage two weeks ago and then required an emergency appendectomy on Friday. (Here I thought only children had appendectomies). Early reports indicate that he'll be out for at least a month. Like his fellow big man Andrew Bynum, there is no timetable for his return.

In addition, star backup PG Jarrett Jack — Grantland's Jalen Rose has predicted that Jack will win the NBA's 6th Man award this year — has inflammation in his knee cartilage and will miss something in the neighborhood of 10 days. With enough rest and nightly prayer, he'll be suited up for the season opener against Brooklyn.

And that's not all, folks. Reserve wing Carrick Felix, the Alonzo Gee surrogate whom Mike Brown loves for his willingness to "do the little things," has a hernia which doctors "discovered" after a recent MRI. Felix, as if to join the club, has "no timetable" for a return. Also, just to complicate the line-ups tonight and Thursday, rookie Sergey Karasev is off getting his visa and won't return until Friday.

To make matters much more consistent with Cleveland's perennial sports-pocalypses, All-Star PG and fan-fave Kyrie Irving has announced that he's been diagnosed with that weird bone-frailty disorder that Samuel L. Jackson had in Unbreakable. He is expected to play one regular season game before non-negligible portions of his skeletal system combust in protest.

That last one's a joke... as far as I know.

Continue reading »

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AOL Lays Off Remaining Patch Editors in Ohio

Posted By on Tue, Oct 15, 2013 at 11:30 AM

After an often rocky trip through the local news business, AOL laid off all remaining Patch editors in Ohio this week.

No surprise, really, after AOL CEO Tim Armstrong leveled the blog platform's workforce by 40 percent back in August. This latest round here in Ohio has been looming for awhile, local editors said in recent weeks.

Here's Debbie Palmer bidding adieu after helming the Strongsville Patch for three years:

My last day at Patch is Oct. 15, 2013. You may have read that Patch is changing direction with a number of its sites, and all 17 in Ohio are affected. Strongsville Patch will stay open for your contributions — feel free to keep posting your blogs, events and opinions. But I and my colleagues in Ohio got our layoff notices a couple months ago.

Before I go, I'd like to thank Strongsville Patch readers for making this an amazing three years. I've worked at newspapers in the area for a long time, but I'd never experienced the kind of give-and-take relationship with readers that comes with an online publication

Indeed, the Patch websites will remain online and open for contributions (hopefully like this one).

Regardless, without the editors at the wheel of the car, this latest development hits local news coverage rather hard after an already deleterious summer. Sun Newspapers, the ink-and-paper stalwart of the suburbs, essentially shuttered its operations earlier this year as the newsroom was folded into the Northeast Ohio Media Group. For communities like Lakewood and Cleveland Heights, the local press corps has dwindled noticeably.

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Top 14 Destinations to View Fall Foliage in Northeast Ohio

Posted By on Tue, Oct 15, 2013 at 10:32 AM

The transition from summer to fall can mark a painful and difficult time. No more sun, swimsuits or sandals. No more warm breezes or eating outdoors.

While the birds may leave, most of us don’t have that option.

But it isn’t all bad. There are lots of exciting things to ease us into autumn, like sweaters, pumpkin spice lattes, and boots.

And, the magnificent fall foliage is nature’s last hoorah before the inevitable drop in temperature, rain, and snow.

Autumn’s epic transformation of the leaves is so spectacular that its admirers have their own name: leaf peepers. Traditionally, peepers flock to New England to witness the change of season. However, Ohio has views to rival those of the East coast and may give leaf peepers a new destination.

The Farmer’s Almanac predicts that October 5-21 will be peak peeper season in Ohio, so now's the time to get ready for nature’s amazing show.

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