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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

The Man the Browns Falsely Accused of Throwing a Beer on a Titans Player Has Sued the Team for Defamation

Posted By on Tue, Oct 15, 2019 at 4:27 PM

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Welp.

Earlier this year the Cleveland Browns accused a man named Eric Smith of pouring beer on a Titans player during a game. A vice president from the team called him and told him he was banned from the stadium. They had evidence, they said.

The problem?

Eric Smith was not at the game. In fact, he hadn't been to a game in nearly a decade. So he was pretty shocked to hear the news. Especially since he had watched the first part of the game at home and then decamped to the Ariel International Center to DJ a wedding before the game was over.

The story went viral, partially because it was but just the latest example of the Browns being the Browns.

And that's about where it should have ended.

All Smith wanted was a public apology from the Browns. Instead, they offered him tickets to a game — something he clearly hadn't been interested in, given his lack of attendance over ten years of Browns' games — and declined to publicly apologize.

“Our intent was to act swiftly and decisively. Unfortunately, we didn’t do enough homework," a Browns spokesperson told him on the call, according to the lawsuit.

So, this week, Smith filed a lawsuit in Cuyahoga County alleging defamation and negligence, arguing that the Browns' actions damaged his reputation and inflicted emotional stress. You can read the full lawsuit below.

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Report: Sherwin-Williams Will Build Massive New Headquarters in Downtown Cleveland

Posted By on Tue, Oct 15, 2019 at 2:08 PM

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Ace development blogger Ken Prendergrast, who's about as plugged in as anyone on the Sherwin-Williams HQ front, reported yesterday that the homegrown Fortune 500 company will build its new $1 billion headquarters and R&D facility in downtown Cleveland.

Sherwin had publicly announced in September that it was seeking a new HQ and R&D building and that it was exploring options both outside of downtown Cleveland and outside of Northeast Ohio. While the announcement sent minor shockwaves around Cleveland, there was a general feeling in quotes from the Greater Cleveland Partnership and elected officials that there wasn't too much to worry about. This was due diligence, after all, and with a project that size at a company with that many employees and a $1 billion price tag for a decision that they'll have to live with long into the future, exploring all options and, more directly, securing the best location with the healthiest amount of incentives, was the natural move.

And a full-court press from state, county and local officials was organized to ensure that Sherwin stayed home.

"A campaign to retain the HQ+R&D facilities in Cleveland was formed under the leadership of Gov. Mike DeWine and overseen by retired Forest City Enterprises CEO Albert Ratner," Prendergrast reported. "That campaign reportedly has amassed $200 million in pledged public incentives to SHW, a source said. Such an amount represents an insurance policy against any incentive package offered by other cities or states to pay what would have been SHW's substantial relocation costs."

An announcement will be made near the end of the month, Prendergrast reported.

Sherwin is considering four plots of land as of now. The two leaders in the clubhouse at the moment, he reported, are the parking lots on the western edge of Public Square owned by the Jacob Group and Weston Group and riverfront land between Huron and Canal owned by Bedrock (Dan Gilbert). The lakefront and the southern portion of the flats round out the options, but are far below the other two in consideration.

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With a Dozen Democrats, Tonight's Presidential Primary Debate in Ohio is the Largest Ever Televised

Posted By on Tue, Oct 15, 2019 at 10:18 AM

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Television crews are going to need a wide angle lens to capture the dozen Democratic Party presidential hopefuls crammed onto the stage at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio for the party's primary debate tonight.

That's the most candidates ever for a televised presidential debate, besting Republican's 11 candidates in the 2016 primary elections. But don't worry — you'll have plenty of time to take them all in. The debate will run for three hours starting at 8 p.m.

The marathon contest will pit the current frontrunners — former Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders — against a bevy of well-known but lower-polling contenders like South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former HUD Secretary Julian Castro, U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar, Cory Booker and Kamala Harris, former U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and long-shot candidates businessmen Andrew Yang and Tom Steyer.

The dozen will have to contend with at least one hot-button topic never broached before in a presidential debate: the impeachment inquiry Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives are conducting against President Donald Trump. How each candidate handles that issue — as well as myriad policy questions around the economy, the environment and other issues — could determine who advances further toward the party's nomination.

Biden will have the trickiest time, as he may have to fend off questions about his son Hunter Biden, who made $50,000 a month working for a Ukrainian energy firm. Though allegations by Trump that Biden tried to get a Ukrainian prosecutor fired for investigating Hunter appear to have no basis in reality, the question of why Biden's son was making vast sums of money working for the company in the first place could prove embarrassing to Biden.

Other candidates may want to be careful as well, however.

Though some national polling of late has indicated increasing support for impeaching and even removing Trump from office, the Buckeye State went to Trump by eight points in 2016. Will some contenders try to take a moderate tack when it comes to the issue in an effort to woo possible swing voters? Or will candidates try to rally the Democratic Party's base by going after Trump with guns blazing?

It will also be revealing to see how much attention some of the more left-leaning policy proposals Democrats have batted about recently will get, Will the discussion turn at length to proposals like Medicare for All, gun control Congressional Democrats' Green New Deal program, Warren's calls to break up big tech industries and her repeated attacks on Facebook and other tech giants and several candidates' calls for higher taxes on the wealthy? Or will contenders try to argue more standard economic issues and blast Trump policies like tariffs that have sparked ongoing trade tensions and suffering for some industries with presence in Ohio?

Of course, not all of the issues will be about politics per se. Sanders, who recently had to have a surgical procedure after suffering a heart attack, may need to explain the status of his physical health and his ability to be president at 78. Biden, who is 76, may have to field similar questions.

As the candidates gear up for the debate, they and Democratic Party officials are zipping across the state. Almost half the candidates appeared at an Ohio Democratic Party dinner last night, and Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez today visited striking General Motors workers in West Chester Township before taking off for Dayton, Columbus and other parts of the state.

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Monday, October 14, 2019

All the Spooky Halloween Events Happening in Cleveland This Year

Posted By on Mon, Oct 14, 2019 at 2:50 PM

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We know that the number of parties to choose from around any holiday can get overwhelming, especially for one as spooky and sexy as Halloween. So we’ve gathered up all the Cleveland parties we could find for that hallowed week to make your life a little bit easier. Here they are, in order by date:

Friday, Oct. 25
7th Annual Costumes and Cocktails for a Cause
7 p.m.- 12 a.m.
Hilton Cleveland Downtown
$75-$125
This year’s cause is SuperHeroes to Kids. There will be food, endless beer and wine, raffles and a costume contest.

Supportive Network Society Presents “A Killer Halloween Party”
8 p.m.- 1 a.m.
9900 Denison Ave.
$10-$15
This dance party promises “chills and thrills.”

MoCA’s Annual Halloween Party: Silent Disco: Alter/Ego
9 p.m.-1 a.m.
Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art
$15
Channel your alter-ego or dress as both sides as two DJs compete for your attention, and you compete for prizes.

16th Annual Halloween Charity Ball
8 p.m.-12 a.m.
Tangier Restaurant & Cabaret
$60-$200
This year’s charities are The Blick Center and Summit Liberty Home. Dance for a cause and win cash prizes for your costume. Visit the event page for ticket details.

Disco of the Dead 2019
Agora Theater & Ballroom
$30 ADV/$40 DOS
Two stages are set to host a variety of artists. You’ll dance until you drop.

Halloween Party with the Undercover Band
9 p.m.-1 a.m.
Collision Bend Brewing Co.
Free
Beer, live music, and costumes are the recipe for a great time.

BOOS & Booze Halloween Bash 2019
8 p.m.-1 a.m.
Play Arcade + Kitchen
$5-$50
Vybe Entertainment will spin the soundtrack to your night full of games, door giveaways, and drink specials. Win up to $500 in the costume contest.

Saturday, October 26
Halloween Jam
 8 p.m.- 1 a.m.
Fraternal Order of Police, 2249 Payne Avenue
$20
Top Shelf liquor is included with the price of admission, and DJ HAZ MATT of 93.1 will be on the turntables. Food is available for purchase.

Halloween Bar Crawl
 4 p.m.- 12 a.m.
Dive Bar
$15-$30
This crawl offers at least two drinks, 10+ venues, two after-parties, and two costume contests. Start on the east or west side of Cleveland.

Adult Trick-or-Treat Costume Bar Crawl
 6-11 p.m.
Flats East Bank
$15 ADV/$25 DOS
Collect candy along West 10th St. and Old River Rd. and earn admission to the Adult costume contest. All proceeds support H.E.L.P., a nonprofit organization devoted to developing a pathway for children living in rural regions of Africa.

Wild Eagle Saloon Heaven and Hell Halloween Bash
8 p.m.- 2 a.m.
Wild Eagle Saloon
Free
Dress as sinner or come as a saint and win up to $1000 in the costume contest. Click the link to register and secure your place in heaven (or hell).

Halloween Cabaret Fundraiser
9 p.m.-1 a.m.
4450 Cedar Ave.
$10 ADV/$15 DOS
This event is to benefit the Phillis Wheatley Association. Win prizes through the raffle or the costume contest.

Uptown “Upside Down” Halloween Bash
 7-11:59 p.m.
Toby’s Plaza
Free
If you’re looking for a free and fun Halloween fest, this is the event for you. Activities include fortune tellers, glow-in-the-dark mini golf, horror movies, pumpkin carving, and, of course, a dance party.

Halloween Party
7 p.m.-1 a.m.
Cleveland Association of the Deaf, 10416 Lorain Ave.
$5
Hosted by the Cleveland Association of the Deaf. There will be snacks and a costume contest.

Halloween Party with That 80’s Band
8 p.m.- 2 a.m.
The Brothers Lounge
$5
Live music and a contest for the three best costumes.

Halloween Party at Hammer’s
8 p.m.-12 a.m.
Hammer’s Barn & Grill
Free
Featuring the band Third Monkey. There will be prizes.

Punch Bowl Social Halloween Party
 9 p.m.-2 a.m.
Punch Bowl Social
Free
Come to experience the carnival of Halloween horrors, costumes and spookily good punch.

SEXY Halloween 2019
9 p.m.-4 a.m.
Club Eros
$20-$105
For couples or single ladies. You must also purchase a membership.

3rd Annual CYM/UAYA Halloween Party
 7 p.m.-11:30 p.m.
Club Odessa
Free
Food is provided. Just wear a costume.

Beachland Annual Halloween Cover Show & Costume Contest
8 p.m.
Beachland Ballroom
$8 ADV/$12 DOS
This is an all-ages show for fans of bands like The Black Crowes, Weezer, and No Doubt. Visit the event page for a full list.

Sunday, October 27
Trick or Tea at the Ritz-Carlton
Oct. 27 1-3 p.m.
Cleveland Ritz-Carlton
$68
Designed for young guests and families, there will be a balloon artist, face paint, and pumpkin decorating. The Ritz-Carlton is collaborating with Coats for Kids for this event, so feel free to bring any winter gear your kids have grown out of.

'80s Baby Costume Party
Magnolia
10 p.m.-2:30 a.m.
$10
Dress up in your best '80s or '90s gear and dance while DJ Steph Floss spins.

Wednesday, Oct. 30
Halloween Happy Hour to Benefit the United Way
Oct. 30 4:30-7 p.m.
Masthead Brewing Co.
Free
The costume contest begins at 5:30. All proceeds go to the United Way. We can cheers to that.

Thursday, October 31 – Actual Halloween!
Halloween with Oozing Wound/Pillärs/Swindlella
8:30-11:30 p.m.
The Happy Dog
$8 ADV/$10 DOS
It wouldn’t be a Halloween party without a costume contest. First prize receives a $50 Happy Dog gift card.

Halloween & Oates '80s Dance Party
8 p.m.-12 a.m.
Academy Tavern on Larchmere
Free
Another '80s-themed dance party, this time with DJ D-Rock. You can also get your tarot cards read.

Healthier Halloween Party at UH Rainbow Center for Women & Children
3-6 p.m.
5805 Euclid Ave.
Free
Themed crafts, recipes, a treat station, healthy samples and more will haunt the Rainbow Center this Halloween.

Halloween Masquerade Carnivale
7 p.m.- 1 a.m.
La Dolce Vita
$35-$45
This party promises to be a creepy celebration of Italian masquerade and debauchery, with film projections, live performance and more. Masks are required.

CODA Halloween '19 featuring Oregon Space Trail of Doom, King Buu and Buzz Balldrin
8 p.m.
CODA
$10
Come to witness a slew of Cleveland's doom-filled garage bands.

Halloween With Occidental Gypsy
8 p.m.
Bop Stop
$20
This internationally-acclaimed quintet combines gypsy music, jazz, and folk music to create a complex acoustic sound with swing-era vocals. Feel free to wear your costume.

Special Halloween Show With John 5, Jared James Nichols and Reverend Jack
8 p.m.
The Winchester
$25
Mr. John 5 is a fucking shredder, according to Rob Zombie, anyway. He’s played with a large number of bands like Alice Cooper, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Marilyn Manson. It’ll definitely be a spooky show.

Multiple Dates
“Double Header” Halloween Party with Disco Inferno (Oct. 25) and Tricky Dick (Oct. 26)
Doors at 7 p.m., bands on at 9 p.m. both nights
Vosh
$10 presale
Food, drink and VIP tickets are available. There will be prizes for the sexiest, scariest, and best overall costumes.

Halloweek!
Oct. 25 10 p.m.-Oct 31 11 p.m.
Twist Social Club
Free
With a Glow Party on Oct. 25 and a costume contest with DJ Mike Filly on Oct. 26, the Twist Social Club wants to start your Halloweek off right.

Egyptian Halloween Party
Oct. 30 and 31 2:30-5:30 p.m.
African American Museum of Cleveland
Free
Dress up for an afternoon celebration of Egyptian heritage at the AAMC. Families are welcome.

The Weekend After
Halloween Party with RadioActive Band
Nov. 1 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m.
Collision Bend Brewing Co.
Free
Live music and good beer form a great combination to cure your Halloween hangover.

International Halloween Party
Nov. 2 10 p.m.- 2:30 a.m.
True Cocktails - Bites
Free
Don’t get rid of your costume yet – this event says it will be the “naughtiest, bloodiest” Halloween party of the year, even if it is after actual Halloween. Make sure to bring a valid ID.

For photos from last year's fun Cleveland events, head here or here.

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Actor Liam Neeson Went to Mahall's in Lakewood This Weekend

Posted By on Mon, Oct 14, 2019 at 1:02 PM

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All right, all right, all right.

Just like Matthew McConaughey before him, actor Liam Neeson was recently spotted goofing off a little at Mahall's 20 Lanes in Lakewood. Taking a break from filming the movie The Minuteman, Neeson allegedly claimed he'd never bowled before — perhaps the leisure sport isn't such a big deal in his home country of Northern Ireland?

Neeson, who is 6'4'' and nearing 70, no doubt stuck out Saturday night among the rest of the patrons at the bowling alley/music club/free-popcorn-offering joint, as he has all around the Cleveland area this past month.

Already the Taken actor has been spotted filming at Charlie’s Dog House Diner in Cleveland, parts of Wellington and the Hudson area.

The movie, which started filming in New Mexico and Ohio in early September, takes place in Arizona and features Neeson as a rancher who, naturally, takes on the Mexican drug cartel who are after a young boy.

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Report: Black Ohioans Face 'Architecture of Segregation'

Posted By on Mon, Oct 14, 2019 at 11:31 AM

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - New research shows discrimination and segregation continue to plague Ohio and other Midwestern states. According to the report "Race in the Heartland," while more black Americans live in the 12-state Midwestern region than in other regions, equity metrics here are worse than in other states.

Report author Colin Gordon, professor of history at the University of Iowa, explained much of the problem stems from the industrial boom, when many African-Americans sought job opportunities in the Midwest. He said they found what he called an 'architecture of segregation.'

"Because African-Americans fled into the Midwest for largely unionized manufacturing jobs, the collapse of that manufacturing job base, and the unions that accompanied it, does enormous damage," Gordon said. "Jobs move out to the suburbs, but the people who used to hold those jobs are quite literally stuck in place."

Some 12% of Ohio residents are black, and the report said they struggle in multiple areas - including poverty, infant mortality, incarceration, home ownership, education level and wealth accumulation.

Gordon said in some respects, Ohio is 'ground zero' for these trends, because the African-American population has historically been concentrated in urban, industrial settings.

"Many of those urban, industrial settings - smaller cities like Toledo and Dayton - have suffered much greater decline than the bigger metropolises," he said. "Unemployment is much higher, residential segregation is much starker, opportunities are much thinner, the schools are struggling much more. It's a magnified version of the general problem."

Kalitha Williams is project director with Policy Matters Ohio, which co-released the report. She said the policies that created these disparities can be dismantled.

"We need to take a racial-equity lens to all of our public policy and practices to ensure that we're not repeating past historical discrimination, and ensure that as we move forward with policies and practices, that they're inclusive," Williams said.

The report said solutions should focus on where they can do the most good, and include policies to improve schools, jobs, safety nets, neighborhoods, and families' financial security.

This story was produced in association with Media in the Public Interest and funded in part by the George Gund Foundation.

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Everything We Saw at Cleveland's 2019 International Cat Show

Posted By on Mon, Oct 14, 2019 at 10:49 AM

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