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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Texas Court Dismisses Lawsuit by Ohio Bridal Shop at Center of Ebola Scare Against Dallas Hospital

Posted By on Wed, May 23, 2018 at 12:44 PM


Update: A Texas appellate court last week dismissed a negligence lawsuit filed by the owners of the now-closed Coming Attractions Bridal & Formal store in Akron against Texas Health, the organization that operates Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas, overruling a trial court's earlier decision.

Coming Attractions had argued that the hospital, which treated Thomas Duncan, the first patient in the United States to be diagnosed with the ebola virus, failed to adequately care for the patient, and that negligent care resulted in one of its nurses, Amber Vinson, contracting the virus. She traveled to Akron and visited the bridal store before she showed symptoms or was diagnosed herself. The store was quarantined shortly thereafter for multiple weeks and featured in numerous articles, stories and videos as panic gripped the nation. Coming Attractions became so intractably connected to the incident that Google photos for the location featured a shot of men in hazmat suits. 

The store closed the following year, a decision the owners contended came after business cratered due to the whole ebola thing. 

As for the case itself, it presented a unique question to the court as to whether healthcare liability claims could be made by a company or corporation and not just an individual. A Dallas County trial court ruled it could, and that because it wasn't a typical claim, no expert report fully assessing whether the hospital failed to professionally offer proper care was needed. Texas Health appealed that decision and found favor with the higher judges, who ruled that expert testimony and reports were in fact needed for the claim and that Coming Attractions failed to provide them in support of its argument.

It might not be the end of the case, however. Patrick Kelly, the Dallas-based lawyer for the shop's owners says they plan to as the Texas Supreme Court to hear the case.

“It's not over as far as we’re concerned,” he said.

That decision will have to be made by June. 


(Original story 10/5/16): The Comings Attractions Bridal store in Akron closed last year. That shuttering was for no normal reason: The bridal store was at the center of the ebola media storm a couple of years ago after Amber Vinson, a nurse at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, visited the store. Vinson, of course, was eventually diagnosed with ebola, contracted from a patient at the hospital, and had shopped at the store while infected but before being diagnosed. Coming Attractions closed for 21 days at the time under orders from authorities. Nothing good came of the hysteria except for an interview with an area man who had shopped at the store while Vinson was there and had the only reasonable take on the subject.

That reasonable take was not shared by the vast majority of the subject and the location became known as the bridal shop where the lady with ebola was. The relationship was so clear the first picture on Google for the joint showed people in Hazmat suits.


Fast forward to this month and Coming Attractions has sued Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, saying that its negligence in caring for Thomas Eric Duncan, the patient with ebola who was at the hospital in October 2014, led directly to Vinson's contraction of the disease and the closure of the bridal store. The owners are seeking $1 million in damages.

Via Courthouse News:

Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, said at the time that Vinson "should not have been allowed to travel by plane" because "of the fact she was in an exposed group."
Coming Attractions says Presbyterian "negligently failed to heed" warnings of providing nurses with needed training and personal protective equipment while treating Duncan, who ultimately died at the hospital.

The National Nurses United union blasted Presbyterian during the crisis, saying the hospital initially opposed isolating Duncan, placing him for hours in a room with other patients and not providing adequate protective equipment to medical staff.

"Following Duncan's death, the hospital reassured Ms. Vinson, Ms. Pham, and the other nurses that they were at no risk for contracting Ebola even though Ms. Vinson and Ms. Pham had already unknowingly contracted the disease," the six-page complaint states. "On or about Oct. 8, 201[4], the hospital also negligently informed Ms. Vinson and Ms. Pham that they were free to intermingle with family, friends and the public at large, despite the nurses' exposure to the dangerously contagious disease."
Despite a fundraiser to keep the store open and repeated insistences that there was no public health risk, Coming Attractions says business suffered to the point that closure was the only recourse.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Update: Brite Winter Festival Organizers Announce Lineup for This Year's Event

Posted By on Tue, Jan 10, 2017 at 10:14 AM

  • Emanuel Wallace
Update: The organizers at Brite Winter, the annual winter music and arts festival, have just announced the lineup for this year's event which takes place on Saturday, Feb. 18, on the West Bank of the Flats.

Some of the city's best local bands, including the Lighthouse and the Whaler, the Modern Electric, Ottawa, Wesley Bright & the Honeytones, Archie Green with Uptowne Buddha, Signals Midwest, Runaway Brother, Morgan Mecaskey, So Long, Albatross, Mourning [A] BLKstar, By Light We Loom, Tim Moon, Midnight Passenger and Walker OG, are scheduled to perform.

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Friday, December 16, 2016

Update: Kid Cudi's New Studio Album Is Now Streaming

Posted By on Fri, Dec 16, 2016 at 11:21 AM

Update: Despite recent struggles with depression and suicidal urges that forced him to check into rehab, rapper Kid Cudi, a Cleveland native, has just announced a release date for his new studio album.

Passion, Pain and Demon Slayin’ will arrive on Dec. 16. The album’s new swinging single “Surfin’,” a tune that features horns and a reggae beat, has already clocked over 6 million Spotify streams and 4.5 million YouTube/VEVO views.

Divided into four acts, the album includes 18 new tracks. It’s currently available for digital pre-order, and the pre-order unlocks instant downloads of “Baptized In Fire” [feat. Travi$ Scott], “Frequency” and the aforementioned “Surfin’” [feat. Pharrell Wiliams]. You can stream the album here


Original Post: Yesterday, rapper and actor Kid Cudi (Scott Mescudi), a local hero who rose to fame with the release of 2009’s Man on the Moon: The End of Day, announced on his Facebook page that he checked into rehab for "depression and suicidal urges."

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Monday, December 5, 2016

Update: Morrissey Concert Cancelled

Posted By on Mon, Dec 5, 2016 at 10:41 AM

Morrissey performing at the Akron Civic in 2015. - JOE KLEON
  • Joe Kleon
  • Morrissey performing at the Akron Civic in 2015.
Update: Blaming his management for not providing the funds necessary to complete a tour that included dates in Detroit, Cleveland, Chicago, Houston, Dallas and San Antonio, former Smiths singer Morrissey has canceled his show slated to take place on Friday at the State Theatre.

Originally scheduled to take place on Nov. 25, the show had been rescheduled after a band member became ill. But in a post entitled "There Is a Light That Now Goes Out" on, Morrissey maintains that management withdrew the funds needed to play the tour dates that were rescheduled in the wake of the collapse of the keyboardist in his backing band.

Refunds  are available at the point of purchase.

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Friday, November 18, 2016

Update: In the Wake of the Election, Joseph Arthur Talks About His Anti-Trump Song

Posted By on Fri, Nov 18, 2016 at 8:34 AM

  • Ehud Lazin
Update: Earlier this year, Akron native Joseph Arthur took Donald Trump, who was not yet the president-elect, to task with “The Campaign Song,” a rousing number typified by droning guitars and sneering vocals. The track includes snippets of Trump speeches as Arthur sings, “Trump is a chump.”

“My first version of the campaign song was nuts,” says Arthur via phone as walks the streets of Brooklyn, where he says he’s preparing to play some shows and trying to overcome jetlag after returning from a European tour. He performs at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 23 at the Tangier in Akron. “Once I got the 1930s lingo idea, it was pretty cool. I went on tour with RNDM, and I had been on a news hiatus. I got off the road and checked in on the news. I remember writing the song when I was on the road. I saw the rallies and crazy weird shit I’ve never seen in America before. I thought it was nuts, and I wrote the lyrics and then wrote the song. He hadn’t even been elected as the Republican choice yet. To me, [the song] was pro-Bernie in my little sphere, but I guess it’s mainly anti-Trump more than pro anyone.”

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Monday, November 7, 2016

Update: Tokyo TV Station to Broadcast Live at Prosperity Social Club's Election Night Watch Party

Posted By on Mon, Nov 7, 2016 at 10:17 AM

[image-1]Update:  ANNNews Tokyo will broadcast live tomorrow from Prosperity Social Club, which will host an election night watch party. A television news crew from Asahi TV in Japan will be present to cover the watch party and interview patrons. The station also plans to cover the election from the Democratic Campaign HQ, Republican Campaign HQ and the CNN NY Election Center. 

The producer for the National Radio CBC Election Coverage show may also use Prosperity as a live broadcast feed on the radio as the producer might call for a live, play by play interview of crowd reactions and vibe. 

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Friday, November 4, 2016

Report: Beyonce Will Join Jay-Z at Tonight's Hillary Clinton Concert in Cleveland

Posted By on Fri, Nov 4, 2016 at 9:44 AM

  • Joe Kleon
Update: There aren't many people who could join the lineup at tonight's Jay-Z concert who would take top billing over Hova and Hillary Clinton. One of those people, of course, would be Jay-Z's wife. And according to a (very loosely sourced) report from CBS, Beyonce will in fact be part of the show tonight at the Wolstein Center.

Beyoncé will join Jay Z on Friday in Ohio at a get-out-the-vote concert for Hillary Clinton, a source who overheard the news told CBS News.

Clinton will be joined by the music superstars at a rally at Cleveland State University heading into the final weekend before Election Day. The Clinton campaign is making an aggressive push to urge Ohioans to vote early.


(Updated 11/1/16): Hillary Clinton will make an appearance this Friday evening at the free Jay-Z show at the Wolstein Center at CSU. Tickets were issued through the campaign over the weekend. Doors open at 6. Show starts at 8. 

We're guessing she won't be the only semi-surprise guest.


(Updated 10/27/16): Want tickets to Jay-Z's get-out-the-vote/Hillary Clinton concert on November 4? Here's how to get them. Click the link above and enter in your info. Then pick up your ticket this weekend.

Starting Friday, tickets will be distributed at the below location from 8:00am to 6:00pm.

3030 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44115

On Saturday, tickets will be available from 8:00am to 4:00pm.
On Sunday, tickets will be available from 1:00pm to 5:00pm. 


(Updated 10/25/16): Buzzfeed News has a few more details on the Jay-Z show. It'll be on November 4th.

On Tuesday, the Clinton campaign officially announced the concert would be held in Cleveland on Nov. 4, just four days before the election.

“Jay Z will be joined at the concert by special guests to encourage unity and urge Ohioans to support Clinton by voting early or on Election Day,” the Clinton camp said in a statement.

Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis from Friday.
We assume they mean on Friday, but we'll update when that clarification is made.


(Original story 10/24/16): Jay-Z will perform in Cleveland at a concert aimed at getting out the vote among young African Americans and in support of Hillary Clinton, a Clinton aide told various news outlets today.

Hova's been down this road before — on the eve of the last presidential election, Jay-Z partnered up with Bruce Springsteen for an Obama event in Columbus that drew 15,000. He, along with LeBron, also headlined an Obama rally at the Woltein Center four years before that. (One would assume King James will probably make an appearance at this one too.)

That's all good news. The bad news, for now: no details have been announced yet.

Via Buzzfeed News:

The concert — perhaps the centerpiece of the “closing argument” strategy built to turn out this group — would be a major coup for the Clinton campaign, which has struggled to excite young black voters. It’s a key part of the coalition they need to build to defeat Trump in several battleground states, but especially Ohio where she has trailed more consistently than in most swing states. High turnout among younger voters of color would make it virtually impossible for Trump to win.

Senior Democrats, meanwhile, have signaled publicly that Clinton has indicated staff should do whatever it takes to turn out young black voters and the concert is viewed as one of the last major voter mobilization moves the campaign will make before election day.

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