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Thursday, August 2, 2018

President Trump Endorsed an Ohio Republican on Twitter Who Isn't on the Ballot for Special Election

Posted By on Thu, Aug 2, 2018 at 4:20 PM

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Continuing his trend of being as useful on Twitter as a stick of butter over an open flame, President Donald Trump unleashed yet another prestigious endorsement for an Ohioan on his favorite website.

Earlier this afternoon, Trump called for Ohioans to re-elect U.S. Rep. Steve Stivers (R-Upper Arlington) in the special U.S. House election next Tuesday.

This endorsement would be a huge honor for anyone who also believes collusion is not a crime, but Stivers is not on the Tuesday ballot and his seat is not up for election until November 6.

Either Trump had confused Stivers with state Sen. Troy Balderson (R-Zanesville) who is running for the 12th district seat in Congress against Democrat Danny O’Connor, or he's having trouble remembering which politicians he's flying around the country to support at their rallies.

Trump’s tweet was deleted about 10 minutes after it was posted.


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Cuyahoga County Judge Defends Decision to Order Defendant's Mouth Taped Shut In Court

Posted By on Thu, Aug 2, 2018 at 3:25 PM

  • Screenshot: Fox 8

Cuyahoga County Judge John Russo drew some national attention this week thanks to the picture above. That's a defendant named Franklyn Williams with his mouth taped shut, which was done so at the order of Judge Russo.

Williams, 32, was accused of three armed robberies in Richmond Heights and Euclid. Throughout his sentencing hearing, Williams would not stop talking. Russo warned him more than a dozen times over a course of about a half hour, according to Fox 8's video footage. In order to combat the chatty defendant, Russo ordered to have his mouth taped shut by six deputies.

After red tape was applied across his face, Williams continued to attempt to speak, and the judge instructed more pieces of tape to be put over his mouth in order for the proceedings to continue.

Fed up with his continued pleading, Judge Russo angrily stated, "Mr. Williams, I'm the judge of the matter, shut your mouth, and I'll tell you when you can talk!"

"You tryna take my life, and you not letting me tell you what's going on," Williams clapped back in rebuttal.

After Russo ordered the tape to be placed on his mouth, a deputy can be heard saying, "If you spit on, attempt to bite or injure any of my deputies, you're going to have a bad day."

"Just put the tape on me man and get it over with," Williams said.

As Williams was in contempt of court, Russo was well within his legal rights to order Williams to be gagged in the courtroom.

Judge Russo defended the decision to Fox 8. “Everybody has the right to go on the record with my court reporter. But we can’t do it at the same time or yelling over each other. My intent was never to silence Mr. Williams,” said Judge Russo.

Williams was later sentenced to 24 years in prison on counts of aggravated robbery, kidnapping, theft, misuse of credit cards and having weapons under a disability.

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Prospect Music, Downtown Cleveland's Only Music Store, To Close Next Month

Posted By on Thu, Aug 2, 2018 at 3:09 PM

  • Sam Allard / Scene
Michael Rubin, owner and operator of Prospect Music, announced in May that he'd be closing his downtown Cleveland music shop in the near future. In July, Rubin posted to Facebook that the store would close within 60 days. Sep. 11 has now been announced as the store's final day.

"Until further notice, all store-owned items are hereby reduced up to 50% of original price," the Prospect Music Facebook Page announced. "We still have guitars, basses, clarinets, trumpets, saxophones, all kinds of accessories for school band & orchestra, guitar parts, hand percussion, strings, pedals, instruction books, and much more."

The inventory is getting sparse with just over a month left before closing. The storefront at 818 Huron Road is scrawled with window marker: "Going out of business sale. Closing Everything Must Go!!"

Prospect Music opened in 1941 and has long been downtown's only music store. Michael Rubin took it over in 1982 and has been operating it ever since. In the 1990s, the store briefly relocated to E. 4th Street, but moved to its current location after five years "due to development."

In its most recent post, the Prospect Music page reported that Beyoncé trumpeter Arnetta Johnson came into the store on July 25. He "scored some valve oil at a low low price!!"

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Guster's Frontman Explored Cleveland Yesterday With Random Fans

Posted By on Thu, Aug 2, 2018 at 3:08 PM

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Boston alt-rock act Guster was in Cleveland yesterday headlining the House of Blues. But rather than toil away in a tour bus that afternoon before the show, lead singer Ryan Miller put a call out on Twitter to see if anyone was interested in giving him a tour of the city.

Naturally, in true Midwest-nice form, one fan named Pam responded immediately, offering to pick Miller up in a non-creepy way. Read the whole exchange below:
Pam, with her 72-year-old mom Benji in tow, picked Miller up and drove him around the city showing off the sights. They stopped for lunch at Simply Greek on Uptown Avenue and chatted about their lives and, presumably, their love of Guster's music. The women then returned Miller to HOB just in time for soundcheck.

Following the meetup Pam tweeted "thanks for lunch and great conversation. Anytime you need a ride in Cleveland, just give us a call." 

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Here's the "BuzzFeed Unsolved True Crime" Episode About the Cleveland Torso Murders

Posted By on Thu, Aug 2, 2018 at 2:23 PM

We were recently directed to BuzzFeed's true crime series and their episode about the Cleveland Torso Murders. It came out earlier this year, but we hadn't seen it, and thought you might enjoy.

Among other juicy tidbits: two of the Mad Butcher's thirteen victims were found in the Kingsbury Run area of "Jackass Hill," a hill that existed.

If you're into Cleveland true crime history, this may be a fun diversion.

Otherwise, feel free to check out Scene's slideshow about the torso murders, and our interview with local torso murders scholar James Badal, who — with apologies — provides far more unique information than the BuzzFeed hosts. 

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Kasich Signs Bill Allowing Dog-Friendly Patios in Ohio, So Cleveland Can Stop Breaking The Law

Posted By on Thu, Aug 2, 2018 at 2:12 PM

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Gov. John Kasich signed House Bill 263 Monday, allowing establishments, if  owners choose, to allow dogs on outdoor patios. This news may be confusing for Clevelanders, given that there are plenty of dog-friendly patios (including our 20 favorite) in the 216.

However, City of Cleveland Ordinance 2163.01 states, "No live animal shall be brought into, or kept in, any room in which food is prepared, processed, stored or served except guide dogs accompanying their blind masters may not be prohibited." Meaning we've all been technically breaking the law every time we've brought our furry friends out to eat with us on patios, but the ordinance historically is enforced by the city health department only when there is a complaint.

The new state-wide bill goes into effect in October after the state departments of agriculture and health create rules to ensure food safety laws are followed. The bill does state that dogs will have to be regulated with current vaccinations and leashes are required.

However, the department directors are allowed to prohibit dogs any time there is a public health emergency. And the patio does have to have an outside entrance, as the bill prohibits dogs in any inside entrances.

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Here's the Cinema at the Square 2018 Classic Movie Lineup

Posted By on Thu, Aug 2, 2018 at 2:06 PM

  • Screenshot from "The Shawshank Redemption."
Cinema at the Square's 21st year of screening classic movies in a classic way kicks off Thursday in the grand Connor Palace. From Casablanca to Hocus Pocus, the event features 13 favorite films from the golden era of cinema and beyond on one huge screen through Aug. 19.

Tickets for each film are $5, or $4 for seniors and students with a valid student ID. If you're a sucker for the classic movie experience, consider buying Flix Tix Passes, which cost $15 and are good for six films of your choice.

You can buy tickets here, by calling (216) 241-6000, or by ordering at the ticket office. If you're popular and are going with more than 10 people, call (216) 640-8600 for a group discount.

Check out the schedule for this summer's Cinema at the Square below:

8/2: The Red Shoes, 7:30 p.m.
8/3: Casablanca, 7:30 p.m.
8/4: Cool Runnings, 2 p.m.
8/5: Casablanca, 2 p.m.
8/9: National Lampoon's Vacation, 7:30 p.m.
8/10: The Shawshank Redemption, 7:30 p.m.
8/11: Goldfinger, 2 p.m., The Spy Who Loved Me, 7:30 p.m.
8/12: Hook, 2 p.m.
8/16: Hocus Pocus, 7:30 p.m.
8/17: The Fugitive, 7:30 p.m.
8/18: Sunset Boulevard, 2 p.m., Breakfast at Tiffany's, 7:30 p.m.
8/19: An American in Paris, 2 p.m.

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