Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Kelly Zullo plays Scene Session

Posted By on Wed, Jan 29, 2014 at 5:11 PM

Last week, singer-guitarist Kelly Zullo stopped by our office to play a few tunes. The Columbus-based musician is one helluva guitarist; she plans to release a new EP sometime this year.

Check out previous Scene Sessions with the Promise Hero, Zach, Stephanie Trivison, Diana Chittester, One Day's Notice, Taylor Lamborn, Unsaid Fate, Hey Monea!, Joshua Jesty, Hazard Adams, Dan Bankhurst, Joe Moorhead and Erica Blinn and the Ohio City Singers

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And the Wrecking Ball Swings: Partial Demolition of Parmatown Mall Begins Today

Posted By on Wed, Jan 29, 2014 at 2:10 PM

The Shoppes at Parma (formerly Parmatown Mall) met the wrecking ball earlier this morning while crowds looked on as the partial demolition of their beloved shopping center began. The project, which involves tearing down the old Macy's store, is slated to take approximately 30 days.

Here's a video of this morning's happenings (first swing happens at the :30 mark, and first substantive breakthrough at the 1:26), courtesy of NewsNet5.

Renovations on the shopping center will begin shortly after the demolition teams have cleared out.

Now See: 15 Vintage Memories from the Soon to be Re-Landscaped Parmatown Mall>>

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Cavs Confirm that Austin Carr's Retired Jersey is Missing, Stolen During RAW?

Posted By on Wed, Jan 29, 2014 at 12:40 PM


The Cleveland Cavaliers have confirmed that the banner with Austin Carr's retired #34 has been stolen from the rafters of the Quicken Loans Arena. They are currently "investigating," per comments made to 19 Action News and the Associated Press' Tom Withers.

Withers first tweeted the news early in last night's home loss to the Pelicans:

During halftime, Withers touched base with Austin Carr himself, who now (of course) does color commentary for the Cavs' TV broadcasts. ("Tristan throws the hammer down," etc.)

Despite the scoring boost and veteran leadership Carr would no doubt provide, he appears to have truthfully meant his comment as a joke.

As of this morning, Cavs' VP of Communications Tad Carper said that there were no updates on the ongoing investigation but that they had determined the jersey was up during Monday Night's WWE Raw event and was missing the following morning.

Carper said that the Cavs are having another banner made "ASAP" with the intent to have it up for the next home game.

One Sherlockian Tweeter has speculated that popular WWE wrestler CM Punk, who is reportedly walking out on the WWE under mysterious circumstances, has in fact been fired for stealing Carr's banner.

(More on this as it develops).

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"Cleveland" Marathon Cutting East Side, New Route Will Include Lakewood, Rocky River

Posted By on Wed, Jan 29, 2014 at 11:17 AM


In a press release yesterday, the director of the Cleveland Marathon announced some significant changes to this year's race route. In addition to a new, yet-to-be-determined start/finish line due to FirstEnergy Stadium repairs, the major alteration is that the city's East Side will no longer figure into the route at all. Based on runner feedback, the marathon leadership has elected to keep all three Sunday races downtown and on the West Side.

Director Ralph Staph said survey respondents "overwhelmingly supported" that idea, so he's now coordinating with Lakewood and Rocky River to "identify the best options" for the route through the suburbs before returning to city limits.

The Cleveland Marathon! Now in Rocky River!

"Planning a course is a very complicated and complex process," Staph said in the press release. "Folks don't realize how many details go into finding, securing, measuring and getting approval for all the roads that each of the courses affects. So, we appreciate the runner feedback, as it helps us gauge what matters to them - but we hope they understand that not all suggestions can be logistically accommodated."

Except completely excising one half of the city proper. That's a piece of cake.

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Some States Considering Firing Squads in Wake of Botched Ohio Execution

Posted By on Wed, Jan 29, 2014 at 9:50 AM


In the wake of Ohio's ghastly, 26-minute botched lethal injection two weeks ago, lawmakers continue to search for humane (but also economical!) methods for executing prisoners.

At least two states, according to the Wall Street Journal, have introduced legislation to permit firing squads — firing squads! — as an alternative option when lethal injection isn't available (due primarily to the Pentobarbital drug's manufacturer banning its use in capital punishment). Virginia wants to bring back the electric chair.

A Missouri state rep who sponsored the firing squad bill said he's not trying to "time-warp" his state back to the 1850s or the Wild West. He's just trying to be humane.

Ohio's failed experiment underscores and publicizes what will certainly become an even more pressing human rights and, in all likelihood, public relations issue in the coming years. If lethal injection is no longer feasible and humane, how will states execute prisoners tastefully?

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