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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Update: Five Arrested in Connection with Fatal Shooting of Cleveland Heights Bar Owner Jim Brennan

Posted By on Thu, Jul 3, 2014 at 10:30 AM

  • Photo via Brennan's Colony, Facebook

Update II:

Five people have been arrested in connection with the slaying of popular local bar owner Jim Brennan, who was shot at his Cleveland Heights establishment, Brennan's Colony and Tavern, earlier this week. He died from his injuries on Monday at MetroHealth Hospital. reports that five people have been arrested, between the ages of 20 and 23, who either have "information and/or are believed to be involved" in the fatal shooting.

Names have not been released, and charges have not yet been filed, but both will likely happen in the next few days.

Police said Brennan was shot when two people broke into his Lee Rd. restaurant on Monday, likely searching for cash.

Clevelanders east to west have been mourning his loss this week, with hundreds gathering for a vigil on Tuesday night, while area business owners pooled money to create a $25,000 reward for information on Brennan's killers.

While police do have five suspects in custody, anyone with additional information is asked to contact Cleveland Heights police at (216) 291-4987.


Update (posted 6/30/2014 at 5:00 p.m.): NewsNet5 confirms that Brennan's Colony owner Jim Brennan has died at MetroHealth Hospital.


Originally posted: 4:35 p.m.

The owner of the popular Cleveland Heights bar Brennan's Colony and Tavern was shot earlier this afternoon during an alleged robbery, and has been taken to MetroHealth Hospital.

Details are fairly scarce, though Fox 8 reports two people entered the bar, located on Lee Rd. and Silsby Rd., declared there was a hold-up, and took Jim Brennan to the basement where he was shot.

Police are currently searching for suspects, and details on Brennan's condition have not been released.

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Monday, June 30, 2014

Remembering Bobby Womack

Posted By on Mon, Jun 30, 2014 at 4:13 PM


Cleveland's own Bobby Womack passed away over the weekend at the age of 70. We've read plenty of words since that sad news hit, but we're partial to this eulogy from GQ. Do read it. Listen to some Womack while you do. You won't be sorry.

If Womack had been blessed with a perfect instrument like Cooke or Redding, he might never have found his way to such a rich, knotty view of his subject matter. His sound changed with the times; he was mainstream enough to enjoy chart success but adventurous enough to get in deep with Sly Stone and record a country album because he believed in the songs. He was never reduced to self-parody and even toward the end, with 2012's The Bravest Man in the Universe, he continued to push himself. (Click here to listen to one stand-out track, "Please Forgive My Heart.") If he had a formula, it was in the territory he covered, the many ways he found over the years of convincing us that love was worth all the trouble it caused.

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Pic: Just a Shirtless Dad With a Rifle and His Kids Walking in Medina

Posted By on Mon, Jun 30, 2014 at 4:04 PM

Medina's been a flashpoint of sorts for open carry and CCW folks. There have been marches and demonstrations and this, the odd sight of a shirtless dude in flip flops packing a rifle on his back towing along his two daughters. This pic hit the front page of Reddit last week (there are some details in the comments, and it looks like there was a gun show this dapper dad might have patronized). Either way: Medina, America!

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Akron Beacon Journal to Initiate Paywall on

Posted By on Mon, Jun 30, 2014 at 3:51 PM

Starting tomorrow, the Akron Beacon Journal's web affiliate will kick start its web membership model (i.e. PAYWALL) which will allow readers to view only seven articles per month free of charge. After that threshold, readers can opt to purchase an online only subscription ($11/month) or go whole-hog and become print subscribers, which will include a digital membership ($19.50/month for daily delivery or $9.99/month for weekend delivery).

Allow us to interject here, briefly, to ask why the Akron Beacon Journal's web affiliate is Why not or even What gives?

"With this step, the Beacon Journal joins many other daily newspapers across the country, from the New York Times and Wall Street Journal to the Cincinnati Enquirer and Columbus Dispatch," wrote Publisher Mark Cohen in his post. "This is an important step that we hope you will see as an investment in yourself to remain an informed participant in your community.

Cohen and his team can hope all they like, but the research on the success of paywalls is anything but clear. Citing the behavior of the New York Times or Wall Street Journal is fashionable, but isn't a profitable or relevant comparison, as both of those publications represent major international brands. The prevailing thought holds that for smaller papers, a paywall is actually the opposite of an effective media strategy.

Said the Techdirt blog when the San Francisco Chronicle backpedaled on its paywall implementation last summer: 

"A paywall is the exact wrong strategy for most newspapers, since the real business they're in is building a community and then selling that community's attention. Yet, a paywall makes it much, much harder to build a community, first by putting up a tollbooth, and then making it nearly impossible for readers to share the news and bring others into that community."

Meantime, Advance Publications (parent company of the PD and others) continues to stick to its digital-first guns, swearing that they've made "promising steps" in their efforts to offset print revenue declines.

Poynter's Rick Edmonds says that though the strategy (you know, cutting staffs and delivery days and sucking real hard) may have been premature, Advance may ultimately be vindicated for their approach: "the sooner you start on radical culture change, the sooner you get there," he wrote. 

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Ringo Starr Brings Message of Peace and Love to Jacobs Pavilion

Concert Review

Posted By on Mon, Jun 30, 2014 at 10:27 AM

“I’m going to see my fourth favorite Beatle,” said one fan on her way to last night’s Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band concert at Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica. Her remark didn’t come off as an insult, but it did speak to the fact that Starr certainly doesn’t represent the Liverpool band’s legacy to the same extent as former Beatle Paul McCartney, who’s out playing stadiums and arenas while Starr could only manage to fill about three quarters of Jacobs Pavilion. Still, by vigorously emphasizing his message of peace and love, Starr proved to be quite endearing in a two-hour concert with his All-Starrs, a band that features Steve Lukather, Richard Page, Gregg Rolie, Todd Rundgren, Warren Ham and Gregg Bissonette.

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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Iron & Wine Thrives in Intimate Setting at Kent Stage

Concert Review

Posted By on Sat, Jun 28, 2014 at 11:59 AM

With a packed Kent Stage audience hanging on his every word, Sam Beam and his four piece band, otherwise known as Iron & Wine, worked through songs from his decade long catalog last night, making the intimate show feel like a memorable living room performance. Iron & Wine has been stopping in Northeast Ohio since the mid-2000s, and with every tour comes a different arrangement of musicians and songs. Last night’s performance featured Beam’s hushed melodies with reworked arrangements making many of his album’s gems feel like a joyous journey rather than a static destination.

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Friday, June 27, 2014

CityWide Street Sale Takes Over Lakewood this Weekend

Posted By on Fri, Jun 27, 2014 at 5:29 PM

Thrifty local shoppers jonesin' for solid summer bargains are in luck: The fifth annual CityWide Street Sale is taking over Lakewood this weekend, and nearly 200 vendors are participating.

Expect dozens of Detroit Avenue shops spilling out onto the sidewalks, offering up steals on everything from seasonal wines, to summer scents, and name-brand accessories, while local homeowners set up garage sales with all sorts of tantalizing trinkets.

If you've never been, it's quite a sight to behold, and there's always some amusing bargain banter going on. Go see for yourself. And bring cash.

The sale runs through Saturday, between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. (ish). Find a complete list of participating vendors, and their locations here.

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