Magic Johnson on LeBron and Social Justice

December 7, 2014

On Friday night, NBA legend Magic Johnson made a powerful statement on the importance of athletes speaking out against social injustice, specifically commending LeBron James for his recent public statements about Trayvon Martin, Donald Sterling, and social unrest across the U.S. related to various killings of unarmed young black men and boys by police officers. […]

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Mayor Jackson was wrong about Ferguson and Cleveland

November 25, 2014

Last week, a spokesman for Mayor Frank Jackson brushed off the idea that Cleveland had anything to learn from Ferguson, Missouri, where the killing of an unarmed young black man, Michael Brown, by police has caused massive protests and civil unrest. “Questions about lessons learned from Ferguson and the preparations Cleveland might take ahead of […]

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The Plain Dealer’s John Kasich cover-up and other Election Day stories

October 31, 2014

The City of Cleveland hasn’t had a legitimately contested mayoral election since 2005, with incumbent Frank Jackson having run essentially unopposed in the two elections since then. Jackson will be the longest-serving Mayor in Cleveland’s 200+year history by the time his current term is up, and now folks are hearing that he’ll run for yet […]

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Ebola, the Media, and What Will Really Kill Us

October 20, 2014

Two Saturdays ago I had a close brush with the Ebola virus. Laura Johnston of the Northeast Ohio Media Group has the details here, with commentary by Scene’s Eric Sandy here and others here, here and here. Of course, calling attention to a deadly virus that has little to no risk of spreading in the […]

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Columbus Day is a great American holiday

October 13, 2014

“A hundred castellanoes are as easily obtained for a woman as for a farm, and it is very general and there are plenty of dealers who go about looking for girls; those from [ages] nine to ten are now in demand.” — Christopher Columbus ————— In 1492, Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue from Europe […]

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It was ever a day for the Browns to beat the damn Steelers

October 12, 2014

“I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, ‘If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is.’” — Kurt Vonnegut

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If there was ever a day for the Browns to beat the damn Steelers

October 12, 2014

At certain points in the life cycle of most NFL divisions, consecutive seasons of high drafting by the weaker teams and the depreciation and increasing expense of the rosters of the stronger teams results in a natural shift in the division’s balance of power. Today, the Browns can send a clear message that such a shift might actually, […]

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Cleveland: Have you seen our new chandelier?

October 9, 2014

It’s naturally tempting for more well-off Northeast Ohioans to believe that a renaissance is underway in the region. LeBron is coming back, the Republican convention is coming to Cleveland, fancy new buildings continue to go up downtown, we just got the world’s biggest outdoor chandelier, and the local paper has been trumpeting a “brain gain” […]

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The Worst Play in Football

September 22, 2014

If there was ever a day for the Browns to have beaten the Ravens, a franchise that’s been running on reputation and fumes since Ray Lewis retired, and one that came to town yesterday with the Ray Rice domestic violence cover-up having just been exposed as an historically spectacular microcosm of everything that’s wrong with everything on planet earth (or […]

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Save us, Johnny Football (2014 Browns Season Preview)

September 4, 2014

When he arrived in Cleveland in 2012, Browns owner Jimmy Haslam wasted no time making clear that the NFL franchise he wants to emulate is the Dallas Cowboys, a team with only one playoff win in 17 years, but one that’s established itself as the best in the league at squeezing every last dime out of its brand. […]

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