Friday, November 1, 2013

Watch a Bunch of 'World of Warcraft' Players Raise Funds for Cleveland Clinic's Breast Cancer Research

Posted By on Fri, Nov 1, 2013 at 4:51 PM

Contributing to society for a little while, "World of Warcraft" players last week staged an annual event to raise funds for the Cleveland Clinic's breast cancer research. Specifically, the money will benefit the Clinic's work on the Tuohy vaccine.

The Running of Gnomes saw more than 1,000 characters running through all sorts of dangerous terrain - like Stranglethorn Vale - toward Booty Bay. According to one writer, and for those interested in the more illustrative details of the race, the gnomes formed a giant heart when they arrived at Booty Bay.

It was beautiful.


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17 Other Clevelands that Exist in the United States

Posted By and on Fri, Nov 1, 2013 at 3:39 PM

Science fiction has fascinated us with the idea of alternate worlds and parallel universes.

What if it were all true? Would we have counterparts in the other places? What would be the same and what would be different?

Lucky for Clevelanders, we can find out for ourselves. Check out these other Clevelands and see how they compare to ours. Maybe even visit one and find your doppelganger.

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You Could Own the Furniture of Frank Russo or Jimmy DiMora

Posted By on Fri, Nov 1, 2013 at 2:42 PM

  • estrellasinclair via Instagram
Are you looking for some new furniture? Do you enjoy owning pieces of history? If you answered yes to one or both of those  questions, you'll want to check out this sale. 

Cuyahoga County is selling furniture, office supplies and other debris left in the currently vacant administration building. According to, there is a rather large chance of scoring a relic of the Jimmy DiMora and Frank Russo corruption scandal. 

However, the scope of the scandal and the size of Russo's staff inflate the probability that any given item had a part in the scandal. Secret memos could have laid on that desk, or been destroyed in that shredder. Frank Russo himself could have perched in that chair for a moment. 

Matt Carroll, County Executive Ed FitzGerald's chief of staff, claims that "we don’t even know what was whose" because all the furniture was shuffled around in the 2010 move. So, if you were to buy something and embellish its history a little, who could refute the story? 

The furniture sale is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9 at the administration building located at Ontario Road and Lakeside Drive. 

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Josh Gordon's Car is Ready For Deer Season

Posted By on Fri, Nov 1, 2013 at 2:02 PM

Josh Gordons car. From a tweet by NEOMG reporter Joe Noga (click for link)
  • Josh Gordon's car. From a tweet by NEOMG reporter Joe Noga (click for link)

The car that is almost certainly the most likely to strike an unknowing deer on a backcountry Ohio road is driven by Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon. With a camouflage paint job and orange rims, Gordon's Porsche is decked out perfectly for hunting season (deer can't see orange, so hunters wear it to not get mistakenly shot).

Earlier this afternoon, AP sportswriter Tom Withers tweeted: "#Browns WR Josh Gordon drove the camo-colored Porsche with orange rims to work today." NEOMG reporter Joe Noga responded with the picture. Apparently Gordon lives near Noga's office.

It's just a fantastic car.


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The Mansfield Reformatory is Hosting Special Halloween Tours this Weekend

Posted By on Fri, Nov 1, 2013 at 12:55 PM

The Mansfield Reformatory- one of the oldest and most notorious prisons in the state of Ohio- is opening its doors this weekend for uber scary "Haunted House" style tours.

On Friday, Nov. 1 and Saturday, Nov. 2 Ohioans looking for a good scare can venture in to the depths of the prison, led by a guide, and experience a reformatory scare fest, complete with actors, animatronics, and props.

While many of the night's thrills may be planned, guests should also keep their eyes peeled for real ghost sighting, as the prison is said to be one of the truly haunted places here in Northeast Ohio.

It's no surprise, really, since the prison had a reputation for abuse, torture, and even murder during its heyday.

To whet your whistle for this weekend, here are some awesomely eerie photos of the Mansfield Reformatory.

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Architect Proposes Closing Stretch of W. 25th Street to Vehicle Traffic

Posted By on Fri, Nov 1, 2013 at 12:37 PM


NEOMG columnist Mark Naymik, who has written about W. 25th Street and the West Side Market before, has now drawn our attention to a proposal by a local architect who says that turning the bustling stretch of Ohio City's commercial thoroughfare into a pedestrian-only stretch like E. 4th would encourage interaction and improve the district.

The Architect, Ronald Sarstedt, told Naymik that the plan is "so simple," yet he expects most people to be afraid of it. His plan envisions a road through what is now the Ohio City gardens to connect Franklin Boulevard and W. 24th Street, the potholed little conduit which typically becomes an overflow parking lot on Saturdays.

Sarstedt's plan is certainly bold, but Naymik acknowledges that any re-imagining of W. 25th would be much more costly (logistically, fiscally, emotionally) as it's a major vehicle artery into downtown and West Side neighborhoods.

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Road warrior Langhorne Slim to play Beachland on Monday

Posted By on Fri, Nov 1, 2013 at 11:58 AM


Given that we live at a time when some schmuck puts up a YouTube video and becomes a star, you gotta admire the way Langhorne Slim went about things. Unlike all those overnight sensations, he’s earned his fame. The guy’s gotten mad props for last year’s The Way We Move, a folk-rock album that Rolling Stone magazine said was “damn near perfect,” and started playing to bigger and bigger audiences. He and his band the Law perform at the Beachland Ballroom on Monday.

Slim, who says he’s been making music since he “popped out” grew up in the tiny town of Langhorne, Penn. (hence his moniker) and never quite felt in sync with the city where there wasn’t really any music scene to speak of.

“The scene was for me to feel slightly out of place,” he says. “It’s not fun at the time but it pushes you to find that outlet. I knew I was a feeling person. In not having a lot to do or relate to, I discovered a deep love for music and guitar and spent a lot of time listening and playing.”

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