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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Cleveland Will Host the 2019 MLB All Star Game

Posted By on Thu, Jan 26, 2017 at 9:57 AM

Update: Welp, our source from back in August of 2015 who told us Cleveland had landed the 2019 MLB All Star game (see original story below) was correct.

Multiple reports this morning confirm that the MLB's summer showcase will stop by Progressive Field in two seasons. An official press conference on the topic is expected Friday morning.

This will mark the sixth time Cleveland has hosted the festivities and the first since 1997 when one Santos Alomar Jr. hit a two-run dinger that we should all probably watch right now.

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(Original story 8/31/15): Those were the rumblings back in July... that it was happening and all but an open secret in the organization, according to someone who dropped the tip on our doorstep. 

It wasn't much but it was enough to bring to the team and the league, both of which gave Scene non-answer answers.

"We have not been officially awarded any All-Star Game no matter what the year is," Tribe senior director of communications Curtis Danburg told Scene via email when asked if Cleveland had been/will be awarded the all-star game. "MLB has announced thru 2018 and doesn’t plan to announce any additional years until 2016."

MLB had a similar answer when asked if Cleveland is getting the 2019 showcase.

"We have announced three ASG sites in the last six months that take us through 2018," MLB chief communications officer Pat Courtney told Scene via email. "I do not anticipate we will be announcing anything for future years anytime soon, certainly not in 2015."

Anyway, those certainly aren't denials, and the rumblings haven't stopped.

Cleveland last hosted the ASG in 1997 (during which one Sandy Alomar hit one of The Jake's most famous dingers).

Progressive Field will turn 25 in 2019, and completed a major series of renovations during this past offseason.

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred told reporters back in February that he hoped to move toward a Super Bowl-esque bidding process for the game. 

Manfred did not specify how that bidding would work. However, sources say that rather than choosing cities based on which league they're in, All-Star Game hosts will be chosen in the future based on the merits of the city and ballpark, and which team and city can produce the best "All-Star experience."

We might not find out for awhile, judging by MLB's timeline, whether the league will be following the RNC to town. Other likely candidates to host the ASG in 2019 and beyond include Toronto (where current Tribe president Mark Shapiro will be heading at year's end), Wrigley and Dodger Stadium, all of which have undergone renovations in recent years. In the meantime: Know more? Get in touch: vgrzegorek@clevescene.com.


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Monday, December 21, 2015

The Harbor Inn Was Finally Sold (For Real), and There Are Changes Coming to Cleveland's Best Bar

Posted By on Mon, Dec 21, 2015 at 3:21 PM

Update: So that sale of the fabled Harbor Inn that we and others reported on back in late August? (See original story below.) It never went through. It was delayed amidst some problems in transferring the liquor license and in the meantime there was a change in who would be managing the property.

Now Kim Kercher and Kem Kamola, who are part of the investor group that's an affiliate of the Jacobs Investments, Inc., will be taking over the best bar in America. The question is whether it will still be the best bar in America. Whereas the previous managers in waiting weren't going to change much, Kercher and Kamola aim to change quite a bit.

Via Michelle Jarboe of the PD:

"Kenny and I will just tweak it," said Kercher, who has worked with sports bars and local restaurant chains during the last two decades. "We're going to keep the ambiance here, but we're going to give it a little elbow grease, if you will."

We're going to keep the ambiance here, but we're going to give it a little elbow grease, if you will."
Kercher and Kamola, who will oversee the kitchen, are part of the investor group that acquired the business. Their hands-on management role will start Jan. 4, and patrons quickly could see changes to the menu and the beer lineup.

Kamola expects to keep the kitchen, which closes after lunch, open until 7 p.m. Happy hour will get longer. The bar could open on Sundays starting in the spring. Familiar daily lunch specials will disappear. And the Harbor Inn will introduce table service, after years of taking walk-up orders at the kitchen window.

"You've got to kind of bring this up to the 2000s," Kamola said. "It's exciting to think that we get to keep a Cleveland landmark alive."

Other changes will include addition of draft beer; a winnowing of the bottled-beer supply, which includes 100 labels spanning the globe; and new arcade games.


New arcade games... table service... you've got to bring it up to the 2000s... 


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(Original story 8/31/2015) Cleveland was nervous when the news started spreading that King Wally had put the incomparable and irreplaceable Harbor Inn up for sale. What would new owners do? Hipsterize it? Tear it down? Try to, god forbid, improve it?

Well, the bar and building have finally sold and we've got good news: nothing much at all should change.

"The paperwork should be final either today or tomorrow," says Mike Mercer. "The Jacobs Entertainment Group bought the property and building. Obviously because it's in the middle of the Nautica complex, it makes sense. I am taking over the operation, buying the business of the Harbor Inn and will leave it exactly the way it is."

Mercer has a long history in the Flats, previously owning Howl at the Moon and Club Coconuts.

"We're going to clean it up a bit and put some elbow grease into the corners," says Mercer. "But other than that, we're not planning many changes. We're going to add some draft beer and resurrect the late night and evening food service component — we're excited to bring back the Harbor burger. We're not going to do daily specials. Wally's sister Elizabeth was there forever, and she was a great cook and we could never compare to her stuff for lunch. She's taking retirement so we're not going to do that, just evenings."

Mercer also notes that the Harbor will still be the home of the Cleveland Darter Club.

Long live, Wally. Long live the Harbor Inn.



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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Cedar Point Confirms New Coaster for 2016, the Valravn

Posted By on Wed, Sep 9, 2015 at 9:25 AM

click image SCREENSHOT, NEWFOR2016 YOUTUBE
  • Screenshot, Newfor2016 YouTube

Update:
Looks like the leaked information on Cedar Point's new roller coaster was spot on. The Sandusky amusement park confirmed the rumors this morning on Twitter with the following tweet:

We'll see you in line.

Originally posted: Aug. 10, 2015 at 11:41 a.m.

In case you missed it, Reddit exploded over the weekend after a mock-up of a supposed new Cedar Point roller coaster was leaked on the app Cedar Point VP.

The coaster, dubbed Valravn, is speculated to stand at over 200 feet tall.

Cedar Point officials haven't yet commented on the status of the leak or the coaster, though they have said that a new ride announcement will be made on Aug. 18.

Thanks to YouTuber Newfor2016, we may not have to wait that long to see the coaster in digitized action:


We will, however, have to wait to find out whether this thing is fact or fiction and, more importantly, where a coaster of this size would stand.

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

UPDATE: Five Tremont Carjackers Indicted, All Five Now in Custody

Posted By on Tue, Sep 1, 2015 at 11:56 AM

Five men were indicted by a grand jury Monday for a rash of carjackings in Tremont, County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty announced at a 4 p.m. news conference. Four of the five men have been arrested, but one remains at large.

Kenneth Jackson, 18; Antowine Palmer, 22; Tervon'tae Taylor, 22; D'Wan Dillard, 18; and Calvin Rembert, 22; in various groupings, were responsible for five armed robberies in Tremont throughout July and August, including the pistol-whipping of a Barrio employee, the robbery of a Toyota Corolla a few days later, and the robbery of a Jeep Grand Cherokee earlier this month. 

McGinty said police suspect the robberies were gang-related and that "lucrative rewards" will be offered for information about Calvin Rembert, who remains at large, and for other information pertinent to the investigation.

UPDATE: 9/1, 11:45 a.m. — Calvin Rembert was arrested Monday night, via Cleveland.com
 
He said detectives from Cleveland Police, the County Sheriff's Department, the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority and the FBI worked collaboratively and with great focus to see that justice was served. 

"It's the most impressive series of [gang-related] arrests I've ever seen in my career," McGinty said, during a brief Q&A. 

Police will continue to investigate the crimes, but McGinty said the criminals weren't doing themselves any favors.

"These are not the Napoleons of criminals," he said. "They're not quite idiots, but they're pretty damn close. We look forward to putting these individuals away until they're old men."

One reporter asked how the Grand Jury managed to indict them so quickly. McGinty responded that because of the successful investigation, which included confessions and video evidence, the decision was easy. 

"This is a direct product of great police work," McGinty said, and added that he and the police working the case wouldn't be satisfied until the robberies had been solved "100 percent." 

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Monday, August 31, 2015

Ohio Man Who Bit Off Part of His Wife's Lover's Ear Has Been Sentenced

Posted By on Mon, Aug 31, 2015 at 4:43 PM

Update: The Toledo man who made headlines earlier this month for biting off part of his wife's lover's ear has been sentenced, the Sandusky Register reports.

Virgil Bates III was slapped with six months in a correctional treatment center, a $5,600 fine made payable to the victim, and a four-month work release program. 

As for Bates and his wife, the Sandusky Register reports the pair has "reconciled" since, you know, mutilation in the name of love is pretty damn hot.

Oringially posted: August 18, 2015 at 11:24 a.m.

A Toledo man came home to a nasty surprise earlier this summer when he walked in on his wife in bed with her lover. His reaction? Put him in a headlock and bite off a piece of his ear, naturally.

The Toledo Blade's Jennifer Feehan reports:

“I was able to get [the victim] in a headlock,” [Virgil Bates III] told Lucas County Common Pleas Judge Ruth Ann Franks Monday. “He proceeded to clamp down and bite my forearm. I proceeded to panic, and I wound up biting his ear, and a piece of his ear came off.”

Bates, 40, of 735 Toronto Ave., pleaded guilty to an amended charge of aggravated assault for the June 24 attack on Matthew Tipton, 44.

Feehan also reports that the top portion of Tipton's ear had been cleanly gnawed off and could not be repaired.

If convicted at his Aug. 31 hearing, Bates could face 18 months in prison.

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1,000 Foot Water Slide Never Came to Cleveland This Summer

Posted By on Mon, Aug 31, 2015 at 3:10 PM

SLIDE THE CITY IN SALT LAKE, VIA FACEBOOK
  • Slide the City in Salt Lake, via Facebook
A rep at Slide the City, the Salt Lake City-based company dedicated to bringing the 'family friendly slip-and-slide water party event" to towns across America, said the company couldn't "find the right type of street and secure the permit in time to market the event properly," in Cleveland this summer.

Though the 1,000 foot water slide made stops in Youngstown (in June) and Akron (in August), the expected Cleveland date was never announced. With September upon us, it's unlikely that Slide the City will manage to come back to Northeast Ohio in 2015, especially with stops in Utah, Alabama, Arizona and Georgia in the next few weeks.

"We are working to do an event in Cleveland next year," the rep wrote Scene in an email. 

Slide the City canceled its stop in Rockford, IL, this coming weekend due to low ticket sales — CEO Spencer Hunn said his company needed to sell 3,000 tickets to make it financially worthwhile — and canceled stops in Seattle and Spokane earlier this summer due to permitting issues in those cities.

In Flint, Mich., in July, Slide the City canceled its event nine days out. At the time, a guy from Flint's Downtown Development Authority, which had been coordinating the event with Slide the City, called the cancellation a "blessing in disguise." He was worried after hearing of long lines and a lack of water at the event in Ann Arbor July 4th Weekend. One official there called it a public health issue because of the dehydration and crowding downtown.  

In Akron, early this month, the event was by all accounts (or at least by the Akron Beacon Journal'sa huge success, despite ticket prices in the $15-$60 range.

A City of Cleveland spokesperson told Scene by phone that he didn't know what happened locally, and said he'd get back to us once he checked whether or not Slide the City even pulled a permit.

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State Threatens Ohio Woman with Removal of Pet Deer

Posted By on Mon, Aug 31, 2015 at 2:23 PM

WHEEZER FROLICS IN HIS BELMONT COUNTY BACKYARD.
  • Wheezer frolics in his Belmont County backyard.
An Ohio woman is fighting against the state to keep her pet deer — Wheezer — which she and her family have raised from infancy after finding him orphaned along the freeway two years ago.

Jodi Proger of Belmont County near Columbus posted on her Facebook page last week that the Ohio Department of Natural Resources paid her a visit and told her she had to get rid of the animal, which is illegal to keep as a pet in Ohio.

“I don’t want to give him up and I don’t want to see him get killed,” Proger said to ABC22Now. “He’ll run around he’ll play he’s like a big dog. He’s happy he’s a very happy content deer if he wasn’t happy he wouldn’t want to come in the house” she says.

In an effort to save Wheezer, the Inquisitr reports, Proger has kicked up an online campaign which she intends to send to Governor John Kasich.

Via the Inquisitr:

The petition reads, “Two years ago, a mother deer was killed on the highway. Her newborn baby was picked up by Jodi Proger. She nursed him and saved his life. Wheezer has been a part of Jodi’s life since that day. He is no longer a wild animal and cannot be returned to the wild. On Tuesday, August 27, 2015, the ODNR showed up at Jodi’s house. They want to kill Wheezer. This deer is harmless and he is a pet now.”

The petition continues with, “People can own captive deer for breeding. People can fence them in and hunt them. There is no logical reason why an orphaned or injured deer cannot be rescued and provided with sanctuary care. Wheezer need not lose his life! Ohio HB 267 has been introduced, but it has not been assigned to a committee. This bill will once again allow sanctuary care for orphaned and injured deer in Ohio.”

Proger's Facebook post, which went up on Aug. 26, has earned over 20,000 shares:

Hi everyone my name is Jodi and I have a deer named Wheezer..I have had him since he was a baby. .yesterdsy the ODNR...

Posted by Jodi Proger on Wednesday, August 26, 2015



ABC22Now
reports that the ODNR has not confirmed that they will indeed remove Wheezer.

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