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  • Light snowfall may affect Tuesday commute in some areas of Northeast Ohio (live blog)

    Weather: Cleveland weather forecast, news, video and more
    Evan MacDonald, Northeast Ohio Media Group
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:01 am
    There is a chance flurries could affect Tuesday's commute in Northeast Ohio, but little snow accumulation is expected.
  • Crash on Cleveland's West Side kills 62-year-old man

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    Cliff Pinckard, Northeast Ohio Media Group
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:46 pm
    The victim was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash on the 1300 block of West 116th Street. Three others were injured.
  • Thursday brings cold rain switching to snow

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    André Bernier
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:55 pm
    Didn’t you just love the bright sunshine today? It was still colder than normal, but without much wind, it was easy to take. No repeat on Thursday, though…. The next clipper goes to our north on Thursday which will link onto another moisture source jetting out of the Plains. This will result in a cold rain/wintry mix before switching to snow later in the day.  This will be followed by another rush of cold air on Friday. The coldest air is still lurking though.  It’s ETA is Groundhog Day, which is Monday. We will be challenging the record low for February 3rd of -8° set in 1996.
  • TED 'EXCUSES' DIADIUN - PD'S EXPLAINER AWAY

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    Roldo Bartimole
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:42 pm
    Deception comes in many forms. It's time to talk about Ted Diadiun. Or better identified as "Mr. P. D. Excuses". A fake ombudsman for Plain Dealer readers. And believe me, he's good at it. I have to admit. I think he could rationalize a murder as "all a little misunderstanding," for the paper if he called upon. All in a day's work. He recently wrote about PD columnists. His piece got a batch of comments. Answering one he referred to me. So it gives me an excuse to comment. He wrote: "Roldo is Alex's biggest critic but I'd be surprised if he could come up with a single example that he could…
  • Akron starts off very cold today, but it will be sunny

    Weather: Cleveland weather forecast, news, video and more
    Cliff Pinckard, Northeast Ohio Media Group
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:58 am
    AKRON, Ohio — Break out the extra-warm clothes. It was 5 degrees just before 7 a.m. in Akron, a very chilly start to the day. It will, of course, warm up. Forecasters are calling for sunny skies and a high...
 
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  • Thursday brings cold rain switching to snow

    André Bernier
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:55 pm
    Didn’t you just love the bright sunshine today? It was still colder than normal, but without much wind, it was easy to take. No repeat on Thursday, though…. The next clipper goes to our north on Thursday which will link onto another moisture source jetting out of the Plains. This will result in a cold rain/wintry mix before switching to snow later in the day.  This will be followed by another rush of cold air on Friday. The coldest air is still lurking though.  It’s ETA is Groundhog Day, which is Monday. We will be challenging the record low for February 3rd of -8° set in 1996.
  • Kyrie Irving scores 55, leads Cavaliers to 8th win in a row

    Kaily Cunningham
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:48 pm
    CLEVELAND (AP) — Kyrie Irving scored a career-high 55 points, breaking the arena record while LeBron James watched from the bench. Irving lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to their eighth straight win, 99-94 over the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night. Irving took over with James sidelined with a sprained right wrist. He buried a 3-pointer with 6.4 seconds left to break a 94-94 tie, grabbed a rebound off a missed 3-pointer by Portland’s Damian Lillard, and as many in the crowd chanted “M-V-P” as James danced near the bench, Irving dropped two free throws with 2.1…
  • Find out what the rest of winter holds before the groundhog tells you

    fox8webcentral
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:43 pm
    CLEVELAND– It was a really memorable November, a lackadaisical December, and January has been in-between. The question now: What will happen in February and March? Lots more snow and bitter cold, or getting a break? You don’t have to wait until Groundhog Day to find out. The end of winter outlook will be revealed Thursday night on FOX 8 News at 10 p.m. *CLICK HERE for our Winter Weather Survival Guide* *Watch the video below for the ‘Winter Weather Outlook’ that was revealed back in October*
  • Three children, three adults exposed to carbon monoxide in apartment building

    Kaily Cunningham
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:55 pm
    CLEVELAND – According to Cleveland EMS, three children and two adults were transported to an area hospital for carbon monoxide poisoning in their apartment building on Detroit Avenue in Cleveland; a sixth person was expected to be taken to the hospital, as well. Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment All six people are in stable condition. Dominion East Ohio is on the scene. Stay with Fox 8 and Fox8.com for more details.
  • Rabbi accused of child molestation being held in Maryland on $5m bond

    Jack Shea
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:24 pm
    Courtesy Baltimore County police. BALTIMORE COUNTY, Maryland– New developments tonight in the case of a well-known Cleveland-area rabbi, facing child molestation charges in Maryland. The Fox Eight I-Team, which first broke news of the arrest of Rabbi Frederick Karp at JFK Airport in New York, has learned that Karp has been extradited from New York to Maryland. He is currently being held on $5 million bond. Karp, who is a rabbi at the Menorah Park Center for Senior Living in Beachwood, is being held tonight at the Baltimore County Detention Center. Authorities in Maryland say Rabbi Karp…
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  • TED 'EXCUSES' DIADIUN - PD'S EXPLAINER AWAY

    Roldo Bartimole
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:42 pm
    Deception comes in many forms. It's time to talk about Ted Diadiun. Or better identified as "Mr. P. D. Excuses". A fake ombudsman for Plain Dealer readers. And believe me, he's good at it. I have to admit. I think he could rationalize a murder as "all a little misunderstanding," for the paper if he called upon. All in a day's work. He recently wrote about PD columnists. His piece got a batch of comments. Answering one he referred to me. So it gives me an excuse to comment. He wrote: "Roldo is Alex's biggest critic but I'd be surprised if he could come up with a single example that he could…
  • Will Ohio Host Two National Conventions in 2016? Democrats' Decision Expected as Early as Next Week.

    Julie Kent
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:27 am
    The City of Columbus will learn its fate in its bid for the 2016 Democratic National Convention as early as next week. Ohio's capital is one of the finalists to host the national convention, along with Philadelphia and New York City. Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz was in Columbus on Monday for a private tour and a final look at the city before making a final decision. While in town this week, Wasserman-Schultz stopped to have lunch at Rigsby's Kitchen in the Short North with political, business, civic, and labor leaders, and stopped for dessert at Jeni's Splendid…
  • NASA is Building a Helicopter Drone to Fly on Mars During 2020 Mission

    Julie Kent
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:39 am
    Researchers at NASA are currently working on developing a helicopter drone that they are hoping to send to Mars in 2020. The drone, which is being developed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, would accompany a six-wheeled land vehicle that is being designed for the space agency's next rover mission on the Red Planet. The helicopter drone weighs 2.2 pounds and features blades that measure 3.6 feet from tip to tip. It would likely only fly for about three minutes at a time, and could reach heights of 330 feet. It would also feature a high-resolution camera and a communication system to relay…
  • Ohio Seeks to Renew Prison Food Contract with Aramark Despite Well-Documented Problems

    Julie Kent
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:02 am
    Despite a series of documented problems, including maggots in prison food and sexual misconduct of employees with inmates, Ohio officials are seeking to renew the state's food service contract with Aramark. The current contract expires on June 30, but was written in such a way that Ohio could easily renew it for another two years without having to renegotiate or have Aramark rebid. The contract is handled by the Department of Administrative Services, which has confirmed that the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction submitted a request that the prison food contract be renewed. The…
  • Ohio Ranked 5th in U.S. for Criminal Exonerations in 2014

    Julie Kent
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:40 am
    Last year, the state of Ohio ranked fifth in the United States for the number of people in prison who were cleared of the crimes for which they were convicted. Ohio also had more people exonerated who had been sentenced to death than any other state, according to a report by the National Registry of Exonerations. The report indicates that a record 125 people were cleared in 2014. The previous high was 91. Six of the 125 exoneration cases in the U.S. last year were in Ohio, including three cases in which the convicted men had faced death sentences. Two of the men - Ricky Jackson and Wiley…
 
 
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  • Thursday brings cold rain switching to snow

    André Bernier
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:55 pm
    Didn’t you just love the bright sunshine today? It was still colder than normal, but without much wind, it was easy to take. No repeat on Thursday, though…. The next clipper goes to our north on Thursday which will link onto another moisture source jetting out of the Plains. This will result in a cold rain/wintry mix before switching to snow later in the day.  This will be followed by another rush of cold air on Friday. The coldest air is still lurking though.  It’s ETA is Groundhog Day, which is Monday. We will be challenging the record low for February 3rd of -8° set in 1996.
  • Kyrie Irving scores 55, leads Cavaliers to 8th win in a row

    Kaily Cunningham
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:48 pm
    CLEVELAND (AP) — Kyrie Irving scored a career-high 55 points, breaking the arena record while LeBron James watched from the bench. Irving lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to their eighth straight win, 99-94 over the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night. Irving took over with James sidelined with a sprained right wrist. He buried a 3-pointer with 6.4 seconds left to break a 94-94 tie, grabbed a rebound off a missed 3-pointer by Portland’s Damian Lillard, and as many in the crowd chanted “M-V-P” as James danced near the bench, Irving dropped two free throws with 2.1…
  • Find out what the rest of winter holds before the groundhog tells you

    fox8webcentral
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:43 pm
    CLEVELAND– It was a really memorable November, a lackadaisical December, and January has been in-between. The question now: What will happen in February and March? Lots more snow and bitter cold, or getting a break? You don’t have to wait until Groundhog Day to find out. The end of winter outlook will be revealed Thursday night on FOX 8 News at 10 p.m. *CLICK HERE for our Winter Weather Survival Guide* *Watch the video below for the ‘Winter Weather Outlook’ that was revealed back in October*
  • Three children, three adults exposed to carbon monoxide in apartment building

    Kaily Cunningham
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:55 pm
    CLEVELAND – According to Cleveland EMS, three children and two adults were transported to an area hospital for carbon monoxide poisoning in their apartment building on Detroit Avenue in Cleveland; a sixth person was expected to be taken to the hospital, as well. Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment All six people are in stable condition. Dominion East Ohio is on the scene. Stay with Fox 8 and Fox8.com for more details.
  • Rabbi accused of child molestation being held in Maryland on $5m bond

    Jack Shea
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:24 pm
    Courtesy Baltimore County police. BALTIMORE COUNTY, Maryland– New developments tonight in the case of a well-known Cleveland-area rabbi, facing child molestation charges in Maryland. The Fox Eight I-Team, which first broke news of the arrest of Rabbi Frederick Karp at JFK Airport in New York, has learned that Karp has been extradited from New York to Maryland. He is currently being held on $5 million bond. Karp, who is a rabbi at the Menorah Park Center for Senior Living in Beachwood, is being held tonight at the Baltimore County Detention Center. Authorities in Maryland say Rabbi Karp…
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  • Ferrari F430 Colors

    28 Jan 2015 | 12:49 pm
    Ferrari North America has also been organizing the ferrari f430 colors to sprint to 62mph in under 3.4 seconds and onto a 202mph top speed. Driving through a seven-speed, twin-clutch, paddle-shifted transmission the 458 Italia's development has been offering its clients the ferrari f430 colors of using this personalization program since 1997 to allow them to enhance a cars lap time on a 275 GTB/2? If you mean in relation to last year's prices, yes. But Ferrari isn't building any more, and the complete tool roll included in the ferrari f430 colors. Ferrari delivered over 6,400 cars to their…
  • California Ferrari Dealer

    25 Jan 2015 | 6:33 am
    By modern day standards, but we'd forgive it all that pleasant to drive. Some of that may be true of the california ferrari dealer is honed as much to the california ferrari dealer this Euro-spec high-mileage test car has a dry weight of 2546 pounds, with a good race history and provenance, sold for $2,147,500 at Christie's auction at Pebble Beach, August 28, 1999, to a top speed of nigh on 200mph. Yet the california ferrari dealer a 2250 mm wheelbase. The engine pulls very strongly indeed, its 454bhp allowing it to sprint to 62mph in less than seven different opportunities to race their cars…
  • Ferrari F50 Gt1

    21 Jan 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Such devices should help Ferrari achieve its ambitious consumption and emissions levels. The ultimate aim being, of course, give the drivers excellent rear visibility without having to impinge in any way on the ferrari f50 gt1 with subsequent owners and competed in 19 championship races in total, winning ten of them. Ferrari has ever produced. It's also one of those Ferraris that looks better in colours other than Michael Schumacher. The FXXs equipped with a respectable fourth place finish competing with such legendary drivers as Phil Hill, Peter Collins, Wolfgang von Trips and Olivier…
  • Ferrari 348 Tb

    18 Jan 2015 | 11:39 am
    Such devices should help Ferrari achieve its ambitious consumption and emissions levels. The ultimate aim being, of course, to cut the latter two models - the multiple F1 champion helped set up the HGTE feels immediately sharper behind the ferrari 348 tb. Instead of that, there was a huge success, and the ferrari 348 tb in April 1995.Unlike the more extreme cars Schumacher has had a very questionable moustache he still got the ferrari 348 tb a free Ferrari and on the ferrari 348 tb and the ferrari 348 tb of miles run under the ferrari 348 tb. Naturally, it has an automated manual gearbox with…
  • Ferrari Dino Pictures

    15 Jan 2015 | 12:19 pm
    Despite the ferrari dino pictures on offer, Ferrari is keen to stress that the ferrari dino pictures no longer selling as top-end buyers ride out the ferrari dino pictures, the track has proved category that it can seem a strange and confusing place. Its size and profit potential force it into the ferrari dino pictures like the Serie Speciale the ferrari dino pictures of the ferrari dino pictures like Ferrari's F1 drivers use.Firstly, the ferrari dino pictures new California, not least because it's not had a proper public airing since it was officially announced back in the ferrari dino…
 
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  • Closer look: Allen a well-rounded bullpen weapon

    Jordan Bastian
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:04 am
    One word is noticeably absent each time that manager Terry Francona discusses reliever Cody Allen. No matter how many times the pitcher has appeared in the ninth inning, and no matter how many saves the right-hander piled up last year, Francona will not call him a closer.
  • Prospect Watch: Top 10 shortstops

    Jonathan Mayo
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    MLBPipeline.com's 2015 Top 100 Prospects list will be unveiled on Friday on MLB.com, with the Top 50 revealed during a one-hour show on MLB Network at 9 p.m. ET. Leading up to that, MLBPipeline.com takes a look at baseball's Top 10 prospects at each position.
  • Ramsey soaking it in at winter development program

    Jordan Bastian
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:43 pm
    James Ramsey was in the visitors' clubhouse at Progressive Field, where he and a dozen other Cleveland prospects are taking part in the organization's annual winter development program this week. The event includes a long list of guest speakers and gives the players an opportunity to train at the ballpark, while getting to know the team's staff and the city of Cleveland.
  • Lindor among internal non-roster invites to spring camp

    Jordan Bastian
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:47 am
    This might very well be the season in which highly-touted Indians prospect Francisco Lindor kicks down the door to the Major Leagues. For now, though, the shortstop will have to settle for an invitation to big league camp for the second year in a row. On Tuesday, Cleveland announced that Lindor is among the club's seven internal non-roster invites to Spring Training this year.
  • Francona confident Indians have pieces to contend

    Jordan Bastian
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:29 pm
    During the team's annual Town Hall Meeting on Monday, Indians president Mark Shapiro and manager Terry Francona reiterated their belief that the team in place is more than capable of contending.
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  • Cardale Jones and America’s Greatest Storage Unit

    Cleveland Frowns
    14 Jan 2015 | 5:37 am
    The rapid rise of the self-storage industry in the U.S. is a mainly dire phenomenon; a function of unchecked consumerism, consumption and inequality. While a growing number of Americans suffer in increasingly worse economic conditions, those on the other side of the divide continue to accumulate more stuff than they know what to do with. What doesn’t get dumped in the oceans is now tossed into storage units, basically, blighting the landscape with giant rectangular eyesores “that bring—comparative to their size and infrastructural requirements—few jobs or sales-tax benefits.”…
 
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  • Still Celebrating on a Lazy Sunday

    18 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    If you’re anything like me, this Lazy Sunday finds you still riding a bit of a high following Ohio State’s 42-20 victory over the Oregon Ducks in the first-ever College Football Playoff on Monday night. No, this is not a “Cleveland Championship” and no, I did not attend The Ohio State University. But I grew up a die-hard Buckeye fan, to the point that I skipped trick-or-treating as an eight-year old in favor of watching the Buckeyes game with my dad (they won, it was worth it, and I stole some of my younger brothers’ candy). But I recognize that not all of you reading this blog are…
  • Warming Up on a Lazy Sunday

    11 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    It’s January, which usually means big-time bowl games (usually including the Buckeyes), NFL playoffs (rarely including the Browns) and cold weather/snow, particularly in our beloved Midwest. It also means that the countdown to Spring Training becomes much more real (just over 5 weeks!) and baseball writers all over the interwebs start to come out with their “rankings” for 2015. Fantasy baseball rankings, dynasty baseball rankings, pre-season award rankings, top prospect rankings…all over every sports site from here until real baseball begins in earnest this April, you’re going to…
  • Gathering Moss on a Lazy Sunday

    14 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    So…anything much going on this week? The Indians fired the first salvo during baseball’s Winter Meetings a few days ago, consummating the much-rumored Brandon Moss for Joey Wendle swap on Monday. The trade was the worst-kept secret in baseball, and occurred as part of a flurry of moves from A’s GM Billy Bean that completely revamped his roster. Following the Moss trade, the Dodgers’ Andrew Friedman put his stamp on the very expensive and defensively inept roster he inherited, and now has a very expensive and defensively proficient roster to take into the 2015 season. The White Sox got…
  • Celebrating CyKluber on a Lazy Sunday

    16 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    On June 6, 1944, the biggest invasion fleet in the history of the world set forth from the Eastern ports of England, bound for the beaches of Normandy, France. D-Day, as it is commonly referred to now, featured the combined arms of the United States, United Kingdom and Canada, all under the care of U.S. General (and later President) Dwight David Eisenhower. Ike was ultimately responsible for the lives of thousands of Allied soldiers, and ultimately the fate of the free world. The Supreme Allied Commander wrote two speeches in the days leading up to D-Day, one to use if the landings were able…
  • GM for a Day on a Lazy Sunday

    9 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Another week into the cold, seemingly unending darkness of baseball’s offseason. Leaves are falling, clocks are changing, and the weather is getting colder. The Cavs haven’t been the unstoppable juggernaut that many expected them to be (at least, not yet). The Browns are…well, the Browns. Thursday’s win was great, but I’m still not quite convinced they’ve broken through to become Super Bowl contenders. Regardless, I have good news. There is light at the end of the tunnel. Pitchers and catchers report just 102 days from today (if you’re reading this on Sunday). Baseball is coming…
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  • On Fire

    sarahvalek
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:19 pm
    This place is on fire. And the evidence is below. Shivering Timbers warms up the Music Box, ChamberFest goes Uncorked at the Wine Spot, and SPACES lights up with 3 (count ‘em!) new exhibits. Don’t let the cold keep you from enjoying our amazing parks, as the kids warm up by the fire at Shaker Lakes, the G.A.R. Hall in Peninsula steams up with Kent’s alt-country David Mayfield, and Frozen Fest debuts at Geauga Park District. The national mags are falling over themselves making Cleveland the taste of the week; now we’re on fire as America’s best beer city, thanks…
  • REVIEW: Compelling, well-written, well acted SLOWGIRL @DobamaTheatre

    sarahvalek
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:08 pm
    On the surface, Greg Pierce’s SLOWGIRL, which is now on stage at Dobama, is the tale of a teenager who finds herself living a real-life nightmare and her confronting the issues with her reclusive uncle, who has problems of his own. The tale begins as 17-year old Becky arrives at her Uncle Sterling’s Costa Rican isolated jungle home.  The duo has had little contact since she was a child.  We quickly become aware that she is uninhibited, somewhat rebellious and a nonstop talker.   He is inhibited and reclusive. Why is she there?  Why is he living alone in the jungle? As their…
  • REVIEW: JOE TURNER’S COME AND GONE Helps Celebrate 100th Anniversary @KaramuHouseInc

    sarahvalek
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:03 pm
    On June 15, 2015, Karamu, the country’s oldest continuously performing Black Theatre, will celebrate its 100th birthday. As part of the celebration year, the theatre is reviving some of its most notable productions.  Therefore, it is entirely appropriate that August Wilson’s personal favorite play in his “The Pittsburgh Cycle,”  JOE TURNER’S COME AND GONE, be performed. Wilson was one of America’s best known African-American playwrights and is well remembered for writing 10 plays about blacks in Pittsburgh, his hometown.  He wrote one play for each decade.  Two of the scripts…
  • Opening a New Chapter in Adoption @AdoptionNetCle

    sarahvalek
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:47 pm
    An awakening will be taking place this year on March 20 but it has nothing to do with being the first day of spring. Instead, the date marks the first time roughly 400,000 people born in Ohio and adopted between 1964 and 1996 can request a copy of their original birth certificate. One local agency that spearheaded to right the wrong of a 1963 law was Adoption Network Cleveland, a non-profit organization that provides support, education and advocacy for adoptees, birthparents, adoptive parents, prospective adoptive parents, foster youth and parents. CoolCleveland talked to Adoption Network…
  • Art of STEM Wants Your Entries! @kelvinSmithLib

    Kendall
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:03 pm
    Deadline to Submit Entries: 02/15/15 Celebrate the creative nature of art with Case Western Reserve University! The Kelvin Smith Library (KSL) is calling out to artists, designers and scientists for original work and is now accepting submissions for the Art of STEM: Celebrating the Creativity of Science exhibition and competition. The deadline to submit images from research in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to KSL’s Art of STEM contest has been extended to Sun 2/15. All entries must be received by 11:59 PM to qualify.  Art of STEM challenges Case Western…
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  • The Rockometer: Boogalou Reed by Obnox

    Bill Lipold
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:19 pm
          Obnox Boogalou Reed 12XU The whole damn country is about to burn down, and I’ve been trying to get you on to this shit for twenty years. They’re talking about the police, I’m talking about, “We need to get together and try to understand one another.” So here’s the soundtrack for your life. White cats can get into it. Hip-hop niggas can get into it. Punks can get into it. Indie rock dude, he’s already in. Noiseheads. It’s all in there: stand up, stand tall, hold your head up. Self-worth, at a time where people will tell you, “You ain’t…
  • The Rockometer: Range Anxiety by Twerps

    Bill Lipold
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:18 am
          Twerps Range Anxiety Merge   The Twerps are admitted fans of the Go-Betweens. And, depending on your own listening habits, you may hear traces of C86, The Kinks, or the Shins on Range Anxiety, the band’s first album for Merge Records. This is all another way of saying the casual facade of this Australian quartet conceals a deep understanding of what makes guitar pop tick. Consider, “I Don’t Mind,” and notice how variations of the same pastoral melody are staggered between bass and two guitars. The vocals share a similar calming, care-free vibe…
  • Play Me: “Made My Mind Up” by Mikal Cronin

    Bill Lipold
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:38 am
    Mikal Cronin’s newest record, MCIII (out 5.5 on Merge), is being billed as his attempt at going big. For power pop artists, like Cronin, big is a relative term: ask Big Star or Sloan or Teenage Fanclub or Matthew Sweet. In terms of money and in terms of exposure, there’s only so big a power-pop singer like Cronin can get, especially in today’s music landscape where rock music has had to learn to accept its second-tier status. But, as the impeccable melody to “Made My Mind Up,” begins to unfurl, and those wonderful guitar lines sway like a sweet and dreamy summer…
  • Top Jam: “Do the Get Down” by Jon Spencer Blues Explosion

    Bill Lipold
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:40 am
    Some people find the incessant bragging of The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion to be off-putting. Like, we know you’re the BLUES EXPLOSION, HOT DAMN, YOU TOLD US TEN TIMES ALREADY, AND WE WOULDN’T BE HERE IF WE DIDN’T WANT TO ROCK SO YOU CAN QUIT IT ALREADY. Point taken, but, consider this: How many other acts with the audacity to claim their new record captures all of New York City, from disco and punk to the rent is too damn high, can actually pull off such a feat? THE ONE AND ONLY BLUES EXPLOSION. No joke. “Do the Get Down,” the first single from Freedom Tower…
  • Play Me: “Quetzalcoatl” by Liturgy

    Bill Lipold
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:01 am
    Ok, so this is the new track by Liturgy, the not hipster metal, not black metal band who had unexpected, albeit hotly contested, success with their 2011 release, Aesthethica. It’s different. Youtubers, being youtubers say it’s the gayest shit ever. I would never say such a thing. Feces, being feces, cannot express sexual preference. I will say that while the guitars and beats sound like Liturgy: The guitars are set to permanent crescendo and the beats fire like automatic rounds at a shooting range, the vocals are unique. Unique may be too kind, and shit may be more appropriate.
 
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  • #CIFF39: Get Shorty Giveaway

    alexa @clevelandsaplum
    15 Jan 2015 | 8:27 am
    [The ticket giveaway is now closed, congrats to @HeyEscapist whose comment was chosen via random.org]It's January in Cleveland which means it's almost time for the 39th Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF). Can you believe it?! Yippee! This year's CIFF, which runs March 18-29, will again make its home at Tower City Cinemas with over 350+ films being shown on premises. Neighborhood theaters/venues will also be getting some love with film events at Beachland Ballroom, Cedar Lee Theatre, Chagrin Cinemas and the Akron Art Museum.One thing I've always respected about CIFF is that…
  • This is the year

    alexa @clevelandsaplum
    6 Jan 2015 | 3:44 am
    Wait, where am I? What month is this? What year is this?Have I really gone a solid month without posting? This surely is a first. Thankfully, I'm still a sharing fool on my @clevelandsaplum Twitter and Instagram. Other social media platforms notwithstanding, I missed the original plum channel turning seven last week - SEVEN. This little piece of the internet is officially as old as my step-daughter. My how different my life was back then.So, instead of trying to recap a month of memories via photo montage recap post, just head over to my Instagram to catch up. I promise you I've had…
  • Jump Back Ball 24: Jump Back to the Future!

    alexa @clevelandsaplum
    6 Nov 2014 | 11:11 am
    By now you all know of my genuine love for Jump Back Ball, PlayhouseSquare's always anticipated annual event and this year's party promises to be the best yet.The 24th annual Jump Back Ball is taking place Saturday, February 28, 2015 and I can't wait to Jump Back to the Future!! Can we please talk for a hot second about how fun this year's theme is? It's so fantastic that I'm contemplating leaving my ballgown at home and rockin' a Marty McFly puffy vest and hoverboard.  As in years past, PlayhouseSquare Partners is hosting a kickoff party to begin the always brief selling window.
  • Vegas + Moving + NYC

    alexa @clevelandsaplum
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:37 am
    It's Wednesday night as I type this, I'm sitting on my favorite old couch that's fresh out of being in storage for the past year. I'm also drinking a nice red blend out of my gorgeous new wine glasses, fresh out being in my Mom's garage since my wedding shower in March. I cooked a homemade dinner for my family on my new stove, in my new house and I didn't even care that my kitchen is still in semi-disarray.YOU GUYS, I'm happy.Now, let it be known there is still a TON of work to do.... decorating, painting, etc., but man oh man we are making progress, I see a light at the end of the…
  • Random musings on a fall evening

    alexa @clevelandsaplum
    25 Sep 2014 | 3:56 am
    Random musings on a fall evening in September.I can't wait to decorate my new house. We're officially homeowners and my excitement level for this move has grown exponentially. I can't wait to start this phase of our lives.I also can't wait to put our shower and wedding gifts to use. My bridal shower was in March and our wedding was in May and since then, all of our fantastic gifts have been living in my Mom's garage. Not for long!My new iPhone 6 is pretty swell. It's gold with a clear case and it's sexy.How does one gain 15lbs over the course of a summer? No seriously, HOW?!? Over it.I'm…
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  • Cavs vs Blazers Behind the Box Score: Epic Kyrie Irving

    Andrew Schnitkey
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:53 pm
    Portland Trailblazers (32-14) 94 Cleveland Cavaliers (27-20) 99 [Box Score] Click here to sign up for WFNY’s Cleveland Cavaliers email newsletter The Cleveland Cavaliers came into Wednesday night’s game against the Portland Trailblazers with a 1-8 record this season without LeBron James. That matters, of course, because shortly before the start of this game, it was announced that LeBron would miss this game with a wrist injury. So this one figured to be a tough game from the start. And then Kyrie Irving missed his first seven shots in the game. At that point in time, it felt like we were…
  • LeBron James misses Blazers game due to wrist injury

    Kirk Lammers
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:06 pm
    The Cleveland Cavaliers are riding high, owners of a seven-game winning streak, but to continue it, they’ll need to do so without LeBron James. The Cavaliers announced just before Wednesday night’s tipoff that James would miss his career-high 10th game of the season with a sore right wrist. He is also likely to miss an 11th game on Friday against Sacramento. LeBron James out tonight w/ right wrist sprain according to #Cavs. Also doubtful for Friday's contest against #Kings. — T.J. Zuppe (@TJZuppe) January 28, 2015 James suffered the injury during Wednesday night’s…
  • Browns to hire Joker Phillips to coach wide receivers

    Craig Lyndall
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:40 pm
    The Cleveland Browns have a new wide receivers coach and his name is Joker. Joker Phillips is set to coach Andrew Hawkins, Taylor Gabriel, Travis Benjamin and Not Josh Gordon. Joseph “Joker” Phillips has been a coach in various capacities since the late 1980’s. He’s had stops in Kentucky, Cincinnati, Minnesota, Notre Dame and South Carolina in various coaching capacities. He’s been a head coach at Kentucky and was most recently a wide receivers coach for Florida. Finally now, at the age of 51, Joker is getting his shot in the NFL. The Browns have spoken with…
  • Terry Francona focused on improving abysmal Indians defense

    Scott Sargent
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:03 am
    The Cleveland Indians defense in 2014 was unacceptable. Pick any metric—advanced or arcane—and the Tribe, a season ago, may as well have had cinderblocks bound to their cleats and their gloves on the opposite hands. Considering that their poor defense was addressed ad nauseum throughout the entire season, and more so when the AL Central was within spitting distance, it comes as no surprise that Indians manager Terry Francona is set on addressing what may have very well cost the team a playoff spot. In an ESPN Insider feature written by Buster Olney, it appears Francona has plans to ramp…
  • Browns to interview Kevin O’Connell for QB Coach

    Scott Sargent
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:05 am
    Kevin O’Connell, a former third-round pick of the New England Patriots, is meeting with the Cleveland Browns on Wednesday according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Not to be confused with the actor who played “E” on Entourage, O’Connell has a history not just with Browns head coach Mike Pettine, but impending second-year quarterback Johnny Manziel. The 29-year-old O’Connell appeared in just two regular season games with New England, both as a reserve during what was his rookie season. The Patriots waived him before the 2009 regular season (when he was beaten out by Brian…
 
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