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Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Toledo Man Sentenced After Facebook Threat Against Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Illegal Possession of Ammunition

Posted By on Wed, Mar 4, 2020 at 1:15 PM

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Update: An Ohio man who last year was arrested and charged with threatening Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and who was found to be in illegal possession of ammunition has been sentenced to time served, as first reported locally by

Forty-one-year-old Timothy Ireland had made a Facebook post saying, “She should be shot. Can’t fire me, my employer would load the gun for me.” That post was reported to Capitol Police. Authorities found ammunition, but no guns, at his house, and he later admitted to owning the ammunition. He also had outstanding warrants out of state.

He pleaded guilty late last year to being a charges of being a felon in possession of ammunition.

In addition to time served, he's now on supervised release for three years.


(Original story 8/12/19); A Toledo man has been charged after threatening Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and illegally owning ammunition.

Forty-one-year-old Timothy J. Ireland, Jr. was charged in the U.S. District Court in Toledo last week on one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm, one count of being a fugitive in possession of a firearm and one count of making interstate threats, according to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice.

A private citizen reported one of Ireland’s Facebook posts to the United States Capitol Police (USCP) July 23 for containing threats to a member of Congress. Ireland shared a news story about Ocasio-Cortez and added the comment “She should be shot. Can’t fire me, my employer would load the gun for me,” according to court records.

Ireland had a criminal record, revealed in an FBI criminal history check. He had two outstanding warrants – a felony warrant from Florida and a misdemeanor warrant from Georgia – and four felony charges of dealing in stolen property while in Florida.

According to court records, Ireland told Lawrence Anyaso, a Special Agent with the USCP, the following during a phone interview Aug. 2:
  • He did make the reported statements.
  • He was proud of the Facebook post.
  • He hunts and has guns for sport.
  • He carries his guns concealed.
  • Everyone he knows has guns.
USCP searched Ireland’s home in Toledo Aug. 8 and found seven rounds of ammunition. They did not find any firearms. Ireland’s possession of ammunition and statements on Facebook violate U.S. Code articles on firearms and interstate communications, according to court records.

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Friday, February 21, 2020

'Toni Morrison Day' is One Step Closer to Becoming a Reality in Ohio

Posted By on Fri, Feb 21, 2020 at 3:37 PM

From the film, "Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am" - MAGNOLIA PICTURES
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  • From the film, "Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am"
Update: Feb. 18 is one step closer to officially becoming Toni Morrison Day in Ohio.

A bill introduced by Ohio State Reps. Stephanie Howse, (D-Cleveland) and Joe Miller, (D-Amherst), set to honor the deceased writer on her birthday, passed the House with a vote of 84-7 yesterday.

“Toni Morrison is the embodiment of the promise of Ohio. She made the most of her innate talents with ceaseless hard work and rose to the pinnacle of literary achievement," Rep. Miller said in a statement. "I am excited that we have the opportunity to recognize Ms. Morrison as one of Ohio's most accomplished creative minds.”

The bill now moves along to the Ohio Senate.

(Original Post 8/27/2019): Ohio State Reps Joe Miller, (D-Amherst), and Stephanie Howse, (D-Cleveland), introduced a bill this week to honor author Toni Morrison, who died earlier this month at the age of 88.

Miller and Howse want Morrison's birthday, Feb. 18, to be designated as "Toni Morrison Day" in Ohio. Their bill is now en route to the House Rules and Reference Committee and should get a committee assignment soon.

Morrison was born and raised in Lorain, Ohio. She won both the Pulitzer and Nobel Prizes for her groundbreaking novels that chronicled the African-American experience with wisdom and emotional force.

Her life and work were remembered this weekend in a memorial community reading hosted by Literary Cleveland at the Glenville Arts Campus.

Reps. Miller and Howse feel that designating a day in Morrison's honor will encourage a new generation of writers to tell their stories, stories which celebrate the "beautiful diversity of humanity.”

“In the Lorain area, Toni Morrison has long been a source of inspiration for our youth,” said Rep. Miller, in a statement provided to the media. “Her legacy is one of perseverance, dedication to education and leadership by example. I am hopeful that the designation of Toni Morrison Day will remind all Ohioans to learn from the body of work that inspired so many during her lifetime.”

Rep. Howse added, "Toni Morrison’s life and writing exemplified her unique gift for creating passionate, elegant and timeless literature that is cherished by Ohioans and people around the globe. Her work stirred our souls, challenged our conscience to confront injustices and encouraged the rest of the world to do the same."

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Friday, December 13, 2019

The Cleveland Area Is About to Get Another Barrio, Whether We Need One or Not

Posted By on Fri, Dec 13, 2019 at 10:47 AM

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Update: Barrio is officially opening a new location in Strongsville, a new Twitter post revealed yesterday. Earlier this fall (as seen below), the taco eatery had only hinted at the possibility of coming to the westside suburb. Now there's a sign up and everything.  The restaurant appears to be opening in the former Molly McGhees Sports Bar at 13169 Prospect Rd., which closed last year.

(Original Story 8/23/2019): Cleveland's beloved Barrio is expanding once again, the choose-your-own-taco-adventure restaurant recently announced on Twitter. This time, the local chain looks to take over Strongsville.

While every other Cleveland-area location is set in a high foot-traffic area, this westside suburb isn't exactly known for its walkability. However, wherever a Barrio is built, people seem to come. Because, have you tried that queso?

Barrio is also opening a Kent location soon and has plans to open on the Michigan State University campus sometime this fall. The Strongsville location will be the restaurant's tenth. 
As we said last year, it's unclear where yet another Barrio location might open next, but after only being open since 2012, the company is on pace to take over the Midwest.

We'll update you as this story develops.

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Monday, October 7, 2019

Thai Thai Will Shut Down for November As It Relocates to New Space on Madison

Posted By on Mon, Oct 7, 2019 at 9:59 AM

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Update: As Thai Thai prepares to relocate to roomier digs two blocks down on Madison from its current home, the popular Lakewood restaurant will be closing up shop on Oct. 28 through all of November.

Come December, it'll reopen at 13415 Madison with more seating (details on all that below.) So, if you want to satiate your hankering, get there this month, or you'll be waiting until winter.

We'll keep you updated when an opening date is announced.


(Original story 8/2/2019): It’s no secret that Thai Thai (13735 Madison Ave., 216-961-9655) restaurant in Lakewood has captured the hearts and stomachs of Thai food fans pretty much from the day it opened its doors three and a half years ago. The wildly popular eatery, which is run by Siriphan "Kiwi" Wongpeng and her mother, father and brother, features authentic versions of the foods the family enjoyed back home in Thailand. By focusing on a stripped-down menu of exciting street foods and Thai classics, the kitchen manages to hit every dish out of the park.

The one downside to Thai Thai? Its size, a puny 15 seats, most of which are gobbled up by eager diners before you arrive.

All that changes come December, when Thai Thai 2.0 opens two blocks east on Madison. The move was a long time coming, says management.

“We were ready for a bigger home with more table and chairs for our people,” reports Kiwi.

Construction has begun on the new property at 13415 Madison, with the goal of a December opening. The larger space will allow the family to expand its repertoire, adding more noodle soups and other favorite dishes from back home.

We'll keep you posted about opening day.

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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Update: Jackson Browne and Valerie June Added to the Rock Hall's Upcoming Tribute to Mavis Staples

Posted By on Wed, Sep 4, 2019 at 3:35 PM

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Update: Earlier today, the Rock Hall announced that 2004 Hall of Fame Inductee Jackson Browne and singer-songwriter Valerie June will join Mavis Staples for her appearance on Sept. 20 as part of the Honors Award Series.

The day before the concert, the Voice: A Symposium on Mavis Staples will be held at Tinkham Veale Ballroom at Case Western Reserve University to celebrate Mavis’ musical and cultural impact.

The featured panel of experts includes: Mark Burford, an Associate Professor of Music at Reed College and an expert in twentieth-century African American popular music; Rob Bowman, the author of Soulsville U.S.A.: The Story of Stax Records; Maureen Mahon, an associate professor in the Department of Music at New York University and author of Right to Rock: The Black Rock Coalition and the Cultural Politics of Race and Beyond Brown Sugar: Voices of African American Women in Rock and Roll, 1953-1984; and Jessica Edwards, director, producer and publicist whose first feature-length documentary Mavis! premiered on HBO in 2016.

Edwards’ film will be screened on Sept. 21 at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as part of Mavis Staples Fan Day, a day of live music, films, activities and artifacts to celebrate Staples' life and music. Two other films, Wattstax and The Last Waltz, will be screened on Sept. 20 and Sept. 22 respectively.

Original Post 8/1/2019: The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has just announced it’ll honor soul and gospel singer Mavis Staples in September as part of its new Rock Hall Honors award. The event takes place at 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20, at the State Theatre.

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Update: Local String Quartet To Perform at Upcoming Beatles vs. Stones Concert at Stocker Arts Center

Posted By on Wed, Sep 4, 2019 at 8:48 AM

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Update: Abbey Road and Satisfaction, two tribute acts, face off in Beatles vs. Stones — A Musical Showdown, a 125-city tour of the U.S., Canada and Australia that includes a date at the Stocker Arts Center later this month month.

The concert's organizers have just announced that they’ll also receive a little help from a local string quartet featuring Avon High School seniors Olivia Eldridge and Sarah Talmage along with juniors Sam Golik and Michael Wilson will join the acts for the songs "Eleanor Rigby," "Yesterday," "A Day in the Life," "Hello Goodbye," "Hey Jude," "As Tears Go By" and "Ruby Tuesday."

Quartet members belong to prestigious area ensembles, including the Ohio Music Educator Association Regional and All-State Orchestras.

Original Post 8/26/2019: A debate about whether the Beatles are better than the Rolling Stones has been going on ever since the two British acts first landed on the charts half a century ago.

At 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 17, at the Stocker Arts Center/Hoke Theatre on the campus of Lorain County Community College, the tribute bands Abbey Road and Satisfaction will engage in a musical showdown and respectively play songs by the Beatles and Stones in the attempt to settle the debate once and for all.

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Saturday, August 31, 2019

50 Cleveland Area Bars We Love

Posted on Sat, Aug 31, 2019 at 11:52 AM


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