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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Update: Akron Woman Sentenced for Trashing Supervisor's Office with Glitter, Silly String and Toilet Paper

Posted By on Tue, Nov 24, 2015 at 11:39 AM

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Update: Lockhart has been given a nine-month suspended jail sentence and placed on probation for 18 months after being convicted of a fifth-degree felony charge for vandalism, reports.

She was found not guilty of a second felony charge for breaking and entering and a misdemeanor for vandalism. A neighbor and family member spoke on her behalf at the hearing, perhaps arguing for Lockhart's freedom of creative expression? Her sentence stipulates that she must not have contact with any of her former coworkers from the office, must pay a fine of $1,000, and complete 50 hours of community service within 60 days. -XS

Originally posted: October 12, 2015 at 2:40 p.m.

We've all watched the videos of disheveled employees sticking it to their boss after quitting, but never perhaps has there been an office stunt like this one.

An Akron woman is found guilty of vandalism and may tote a felony charge for trashing her supervisor's office after resigning at the Summit County Fiscal Office back in January, Fox 8 reports. 

Armed with glitter, crazy string and toilet paper, 25-year-old Samantha Lockhar played hooky from her last day on the job to bedazzle her boss's office with a friend.

Later, sparkling piles of glitter and rolls of toilet paper greeted office employees.

The mixture of items caused damage, getting into computers and other office usuals. The disgruntled employee was deemed responsible for the damage on October 9, and Fox 8 states that "she will be sentenced on the fifth degree felony charge of vandalism in November."

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

UPDATE: Beer-Based Donut Brewnuts Lands a Permanent Home

Posted By on Thu, Nov 19, 2015 at 9:26 AM

Two years ago Shelley Fasulko and John Pippin introduced Clevelanders to Brewnuts and the response has been nothing short of remarkable. How could it not have been? These are local beer-flavored donuts we’re talking about after all.

“There was this perfect storm going on with the beer boom that was happening in Cleveland and all of these great artisan food businesses starting up,” Fasulko says of the concept’s genesis. “Our idea was to come up with a Cleveland version of something really unique to do with donuts.”

After simultaneously working their way through Bad Girl Ventures and Cleveland Culinary Launch & Kitchen, Fasulko and Pippin began selling their delicious beer-themed confectionaries at the Cleveland Flea, Rising Star and Pour coffee, and other pop-up events around town. The goal was to continue fine-tuning the product, getting better at business, and open a brick and mortar shop in about five years.

Make that a little more than two.

Sometime in late winter, Brewnuts will open up a donut-themed bar in the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood. The very prominent corner space at the intersection of W. 65th and Detroit was most recently home to Councilman Matt Zone’s office. At 1,200 square feet, the space marks a major improvement over previous locations the couple have worked out of, including a tiny, temporary storefront in Tremont.

“In a lot of ways we got to take our bumps and bruises in that space; go through some trials and tribulations that hopefully will make the next transition a little bit smoother,” Fasulko says of the short-lived space they snagged through Tremont West Development Corp.’s storefront incubator program. “I saw that and thought this is the perfect intermediary step we were looking for. We thought it would be a really good way to stair-step our way into this.”

For the first time, Brewnuts will have an onsite kitchen, which will allow them to expand their product line to include more cake, yeast and fresh-baked donuts. Up front will be space for a bar/counter and seating for approximately 75 guests. Assuming an upcoming ballot initiative goes as planned, the space will have use of a full liquor license.

“It’s always been part of the plan to be so much more than that mom-and-pop corner bakery,” Fasulko explains. “We want this to be more of a communal space, a hang-out spot with great music, the opportunity to play some games, and the opportunity to treat it more as a bar. The whole idea is to let people experience the beers that we use in the donuts.”

Though the beverages will lean more towards local brews, both on tap and in the bottle, weekends likely will add mimosas and Bloody Marys to the mix.

To go with the liquid refreshments will be an expanded lineup of food offerings that will include both sweet and savory options. So in addition to those Dogfish Head Punk'n Ale-spiked donuts with pumpkin and caramel glaze, or a dozen sour cream frycakes made with Great Lakes Brewing Co.’s Christmas Ale, the Brewnuts crew might whip up a batch of crispy donut-battered chicken wings tossed in a savory buffalo wing sauce.

For two people who just a couple of years ago were still holding down full time jobs, the fact that they have transformed a love of beer into a promising new food-based venture is pretty exciting. But even more appealing, they say, is the opportunity to meet and please even more customers.

“Of course we want to make Cleveland’s best donut – and the world’s best donut – but at the end of the day if we’re giving people an experience that is better than what they went in there thinking they would have, that’s what I’m excited about,” says Fasulko. “Donuts are what we’re serving, but the bigger goal for us is giving people a great experience and making them happy.”

To share updates with their fans, and to offer an opportunity for them to get involved, Fasulko and Pippin will be launching a Kickstarter campaign in November. We’ll add it to this page when it goes live.

Update: Watch the Kickstarter video here.

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Saturday, October 31, 2015

Cavaliers Douse the Heat, Looking Like the Team to Beat

Posted By on Sat, Oct 31, 2015 at 12:48 PM

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The Cavaliers met the season a bit awkwardly, fumbling the greeting during one awful stretch of the first quarter of the opener against the Chicago Bulls. Though they dug a hole in that game they wouldn’t climb out of, their upward trajectory hasn’t slackened. Indeed it’s growing more vertiginous by the hour.

The Cavaliers have won 10 of the 11 quarters since that one, showcasing depth, scoring, moxie and timing that’s surprising. It’s almost embarrassing how good the Cavaliers have looked at times. The team barely played its starters in the preseason and seemed destined to endure some rough patches while guys gelled. Apparently that took about 12 minutes.

Like a Louis XIV breakfast buffet around the Hope diamond, a full range of positive signs emanates outward from LeBron James.

We need not return to the whole narrative of James’ time at Heat University, but there’s no doubt that James returned a more mature human being, and that has filtered down into his game. During the season last year, James at first struggled to know how to lead these guys.

At times he hung back like a father letting the kids F it up so they might learn a lesson from the mess. Other times he tried to dominate and lead by example. The way the last half of the season became an ISO fest is emblematic of how James wound up take the lead, and everything flowed out of him or Kyrie.

That came to its logical conclusion with James performing as the one-man offensive band against the Warriors. Yet that might have been strangely necessary for all around. James understood in his bones (which must’ve ached like hell after that Warriors series) his need for others to share the load and sometimes allow others to walk point figuratively (/militarily)-speaking.

The team in turn learned the true value of defense and seemingly great faith in the coaching staff. Everyone knew they had to be more intense and driven than their opponent to get to the Finals, and they almost did it, but seemingly just ran out of gas a few miles from the finish.

Perhaps that wasn’t the worst either inasmuch as last year’s champagne party for the Warriors at the Q certainly seems to have everyone’s eyes on the prize.

The easiest thing to cite is the offense, so let’s work backwards and start at the other end.

It’s only three games but against playoff contenders with top talent. From their fourth-best Defensive Rating (points allowed per 100 possessions) at 90.3, to allowing the fourth fewest 3s (playing Heat & Grizzlies doesn’t hurt), 8th lowest opponent 3-point shooting percentage and the seventh-best defensive rebound rate.

Guys are closing out 3-points shooters aggressively, and the rotations are there to protect them. While there was some trouble allowing penetration in the first game against the Bulls, they Cavaliers have done a much better job on that the last two games. (Normally, we would try to show some video here, but that’s still a work-in-progress after some technical difficulties associated with moving to a new house.)

As was noted after the Memphis game, this is a much deeper team than last year, but perhaps even more than that, it’s full of guys who know how to play the game and have been playing together for several years. Matthew Dellavedova, Tristan Thompson and Anderson Varejao have been together for three years now. Add wily sweet shooting vet Richard Jefferson, a 15-year vet, and you have a second team with a good understanding of each other and the game.

Those four guys led the team in +/- (scoring margin while on the floor) for the second game in a row. Obviously part of that is the fact that the Cavaliers have cruised to victory their last couple games. But it’s also a testament to how much better the Cavaliers second team is playing than all the rest.

Delly credits the playoffs and playing for the Australian national team this summer in an entirely different role than the Cavs for the confidence he’s shown with his shot and on the court. Not only has he demonstrated grit, but less hesitation. He looks more like a threat out there and defenses are treating him that way, opening up his real talent as a passer.

Delly had 10 assists, 2 secondary assists and a FT assist without a turnover against the Heat last night. He also had this beautiful alley-oop feed to Tristan Thompson.

In Thompson and Varejao, the Cavaliers have maybe the quickest, most active bench frontcourt in the league. Bringing in Jefferson gave the Cavs a legitimate bench scorer, and Jefferson has thrived as the go-to guy on the second squad. When Mo Williams downshifts to the second team upon his return, and perhaps J.R. Smith as well when Shumpert returns, it’s going to be a scary squad.

All of this brings us perhaps belatedly to Kevin Love. Last season’s third wheel has moved to the fore like a monster truck tire transplanted to the front of a basketball-style “Big Wheels” child ATV. Obviously it looks more like a motorcycle now with James providing the rear wheel drive, but Kyrie will presumably fall in beside.

Not that James necessarily is going to always take a backseat to Love as he suggested he would in interviews that pegged Love as “the offensive focal point.” After working out on a balance ball in the locker room pregame, James’ back looked good enough for 13-19 and 29 points, as well as four assists. After saying earlier in the day he only wanted to take contested jumpers like J.R. Smith, he did just that going 9-13 on such shots (versus 4-6 on the uncontested ones). Many were at the rim, where he was 6-9.

Another development has less settling for jumpers and 3s. After averaging nearly 5 treys a game last season, he’s cut his attempts by a third shooting only 3.3 triples per game through the first three contests. If that should holds, it will hark back to his first three years in Miami and the lowest frequency of his career.

His usage rate is 29.7 which if maintained would be his lowest usage rate of his career, just a hair below his rate during Miami’s second championship title with James. (With that has come a 2.7 turnover rate, the lowest of his career.)

It’s obviously far too early to put much stock in stats, but it represents what the eyes are saying and the coaching staff as well. The Cavaliers will be distributing the load more evenly this season thanks to greater familiarity and confidence.

It shows with a ball that isn’t sticking anywhere and defensive rotations that suggest everyone believes their teammate will get their man and cover their back. They look like a unit and the buy-in looks deep. The struggles of last season were the kiln and with David Griffin’s fine off-season lacquering of Jefferson and Williams this team looks like it could be a museum piece.

Such hyperbole would be foolish at the beginning of the season, but it’s becoming increasingly evident that the 33-3 record they put together as a whole unit at the end of last season was no mirage. The team defense that took the Wine & Gold to the brink of the summit has become a part of their personality.

This season’s beginning isn’t really anything novel in that it’s very much a continuation of last year’s success. However it’s surprising to see them pick up the thread right where it left off. These guys look crisply focused and energized.

It’s enough to make you pity the barrel’s bottom the Cavs scrape the next two weeks in six straight games against lottery teams including the Sixers and Knicks twice each

This is clearly not the end of the story, but it’s a helluva nice beginning.

Look for our column on the Scene blog the day after every game. You can follow on Twitter @CRS_1ne.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Michigan Wolverine-hating Hard Rock Band the Dead Schembechlers Issue New Single

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Posted By on Fri, Oct 30, 2015 at 3:54 PM

The Dead Schembechlers, a Columbus-based metal band that has just celebrated its 25th year of making fun of the Michigan Wolverines football team, have had it easy for the past few years since the Wolverines have sucked. But now that the Michigan team has started playing competitive football, the band has returned with “Harbaugh to Hell,” a novelty tune sung to the tune of AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell.” Out now via iTunes, it centers on a narrative about taking Michigan head coach JIM HARBAUGH thru a portal gate beneath Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor to “say hello to [former Michigan football coach] Bo [Schembechler].”

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Here's a Look at the Cavs' Christmas Day Jerseys

Posted By on Fri, Oct 30, 2015 at 3:18 PM

Check out that "holiday-style script" and those "cream tones," courtesy of Adidas and the NBA. Those socks, crafted by Stance, "pay homage to holiday sweaters."

It'll be a yuletide classic: The Cavs play the Golden State Warriors out in Oakland on Dec. 25. 

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5 Concerts to Catch This Weekend

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Posted By on Fri, Oct 30, 2015 at 2:38 PM


Big K.R.I.T.

The past year has been one of tremendous artistic growth for Meridian, Miss. rapper Big K.R.I.T. (an acronym that stands for King Remembered In Time). The theatrical trailer for the hit movie Sicario featured one of his songs and the rapper embarked on an Australian tour. After years of being in complete control of his creative process — from the production and songwriting to the mixing and mastering of his projects — K.R.I.T. finally decided to venture away from his comfort zone during the recording of Cadillactica, his second album with Def Jam. The album was well received by many critics. Expect to hear tracks from it at tonight’s show. (Emanuel Wallace) 7 p.m., $25 ADV, $28 DOS. Grog Shop.

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Too Many Half-Baked Cliches in 'Burnt'

Posted By on Fri, Oct 30, 2015 at 12:57 PM

Today’s celebrity chefs come off like rock stars. They make outrageous demands. They throw temper tantrums. They demand ridiculous salaries. All these clichés and more can be found in Burnt, the new drama starring Bradley Cooper as Adam Jones, a top chef in Paris until he alienates everyone in the kitchen and turns to drugs and alcohol to cope with his problems. The film opens areawide today. 

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