Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Offers First Look At New Baby Giraffe

Posted By on Wed, Aug 16, 2017 at 11:03 AM

  • photo via Cleveland Metroparks Zoo/Facebook
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo recently welcomed a new baby giraffe, who was hidden from public display to allow bonding time with his mother.

Today, the zoo released an adorable video of the handsome, 6-foot tall baby exploring his new home: 
Zoo officials have not released any new information regarding the naming process, but rest assured the public will soon have a say in the decision.

In the meantime, if you want to spend some quality time with giraffes but aren't sure where to go, consider Giraffe Manor as an end-of-summer vacation spot:

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Let's Check In (Briefly) With the 2018 Ohio Governor's Race

Posted By on Wed, Aug 16, 2017 at 10:52 AM

Ohio Governor's Residence and Heritage Garden - WIKIPEDIA
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This week's issue of Scene is on streets right this very moment, and you should indulge your senses in Sam Allard's compendium of Cleveland mayoral candidates and their views on this wacky city. You can also read it here, of course.

But although it's a year away, it's also getting to be time to learn about the candidates for the Ohio governor's office. John Kasich is term-limited (and possibly eyeing the White House in 2020).

So far, four contenders have emerged from each major political party. The 2018 midterm election will be a doozy for both U.S. Senate and House seats, and you can bet that open governor slots will be just competitive. The election of those offices will serve as a referendum of sorts on the direction in which President Donald Trump and the silent Republican majority has dragged this country.

We're just going to tee up the candidates here, but we simply must point you to Columbus Monthly's round-up, which is helpful and which features bullet-points on each politician like: "Will Be Played in the Movies By: Rick Moranis" (Mike DeWine).

Attorney General Mike DeWine
Secretary of State Jon Husted
U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci
Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley
Former State Rep. Connie Pillich
State Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni
Former U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton

The 2014 election was a landslide joke between incumbent Kasich and Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald, whose candidacy was riddled with bizarre incidents and lapses in judgment (the man was driving around with a temporary learner's permit for heaven's sake).

One can only hope that 2018 will prove more politically interesting.

An early indicator of where things are headed can be found in the judicial system, where both DeWine and Whaley are named plaintiffs in separate lawsuits against the pharmaceutical industry. Their positions on the opiate addiction crisis will certainly distinguish them on the campaign trail.

Elsewhere, in the halls of the U.S. Supreme Court, Husted is a named defendant in ongoing litigation over his office's policy of scrapping voter registration information from the state rolls. With a new administration presiding over the Department of Justice, the federal momentum has swung back in favor of Husted's flavor of oversight, though the decision (which has wavered back in forth in various jurisdictions for more than a year) still rests in the hands of SCOTUS.

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'In This Corner of the World' Offers a Wrenching Depiction of Hiroshima Bombing

Posted By on Wed, Aug 16, 2017 at 10:00 AM

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It’s World War II, and the "corner of the world" is Hiroshima. On the 72nd anniversary of the U.S. bombing the city in 1945, the animated film, In This Corner of the World, recounts the event itself and the conflict leading up to it, primarily through the eyes of a young Japanese housewife.

It opens on Friday at the Capitol Theatre.

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'America's Got Talent' Star Olivia Millerschin to Perform at Brothers Lounge

Posted By on Wed, Aug 16, 2017 at 9:45 AM

Detroit-based singer-songwriter Olivia Millerschin gained some serious exposure when she became a quarterfinalist on the popular reality show America’s Got Talent. She has just announced that she'll begin her first full-band Southeast U.S. tour later this month.

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Cleveland Author Thrity Umrigar to Speak About Her New Novel

Posted By on Wed, Aug 16, 2017 at 6:10 AM

This month's edition of the literary series Between the Lines features local author Thrity Umrigar, who has just published the novel Everybody's Son, a book about an adopted boy who discovers a dark secret from his past.

A best-selling author, Umrigar has had her books translated into several languages. They've also been published in more than 15 countries.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Candy Thieves Pepper Spray b.a. Sweetie Employees to Make Escape

Posted By on Tue, Aug 15, 2017 at 8:12 PM

  • b.a. Sweetie Candy Company Inc. Facebook photo
Last Monday, a couple wandered into b.a. Sweetie Candy Company Inc. in need of candy. But rather than select their sweets and head to a cash register to pay, the man and woman opted to sneak the treats into a purse.

Once store employees grew wise to the scheme, a police report stated, they confronted the two and, after a bit of a scuffle, managed to take back the nearly-stolen candy and detain them.

The would-be-thieves however, had no plans to stick around and wait for the police to arrive. The woman sprayed workers with pepper spray, making for a quick getaway.

The pair was last seen driving off in a gold Nissan Maxima. Contact Crime Stoppers at 216-252-7463 with any information.
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La Morenita Restaurant Brings Dominican Fare to Clark-Fulton Neighborhood

Posted By on Tue, Aug 15, 2017 at 3:53 PM

Los Tres Golpes with empanadilla
  • Los Tres Golpes with empanadilla
When the Fish Shack and Grill packed up and moved across the street to a larger spot, its former home was quickly snatched up by a Dominican restaurant called La Morenita (3156 W. 25th St., 216-350-6633). The cheery little eatery, which has been open for about a month, serves breakfast, lunch and early dinner.

A full Dominican breakfast is no joke. Called “Los Tres Golpes” – or the three hits – the plate always contains fried eggs, fried cheese, fried salami and mangú. Like Puerto Rican mofungu, mangú is made from plantains and are a staple of the cuisine. But unlike mofongo, which is boiled, mashed and fried plantains, mangú is boiled, mashed and seasoned with olive oil. It is traditionally garnished with pickled red onion.

A quick-serve heated display is filled with golden brown empandillas ($2.50) filled with ground beef, chicken or cheese, and tostones (8/$3.50), crunchy, creamy and salt-gilded fried plantains. La Morenita also dishes up the sweet variety of plantains (6/$3.50), platanos maduros, which come deeply caramelized and buttery soft.

Larger plates, which come with rice and beans, are built around roasted pork ($11), beef stew ($10), roasted chicken ($10) and whole fried fish ($17).

Flavorful, hearty soups like chicken ($10) and seafood ($12.50), both served with a side of rice, join even more substantial stews like mondongo ($11) and sancocho ($11). Mondongo, available only on Saturdays, is a rich tripe stew with tomato, carrots and potatoes, while the sancocho, available only on Sundays, is a celebratory dish filled with various meats and root vegetables.

To drink, there are shakes made from passion fruit and the eminently refreshing Morir Soñando ($4), a sweet, citrusy mix of orange juice, whole milk, ice and sugar.
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