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Wordpress versus Drupal

Submitted by lmcshane on Fri, 04/17/2009 - 20:23.

Just wondering if folks could elaborate on the strengths and weaknesses of these open source content management platforms?



Wordpress has more Facebook fans, so I guess it's the more popular of the two--but is popularity everything?


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Zookeeper's Wife

Submitted by lmcshane on Tue, 04/14/2009 - 14:56.

This book revisits a very difficult time to have to remember in recent history, but the telling is especially important now. The author will speak at Cleveland Public Library, this Sunday at 2:00 p.m.

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Coming down now

Submitted by lmcshane on Sun, 04/12/2009 - 15:37.

This building on Euclid is coming down this weekend...another piece of Cleveland history bites the dust.  Craig Bobby calls it a sea of holes...and in the comments Tim Ferris explains why young people give up on this town.

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Mitch saves the day

Submitted by lmcshane on Sun, 04/05/2009 - 14:20.

This month's April Cleveland Magazine, for once, features some of the folks that make CLEVELAND...

That's right, folks ... in the CITY, not the region, not the suburbs, but CLEVELAND...great.  One of those people is Mitch Paul of Shaker Cycles.

Art of the deal

Submitted by lmcshane on Thu, 04/02/2009 - 07:05.

Yesterday's daily ethical transgression--Lottery Director Dolan's distribution of tickets to a state trooper--was discussed and my sister, the artist, referred me to the work of Mark Lombardi.

It's how conflict of interest makes for slippery slopes.  I hope that I don't offend any of the wrong people by mentioning the reference.

Kingdom Come

Submitted by lmcshane on Sun, 03/29/2009 - 14:50.

I rode my bike by the Kingdom Come Church of Ministry at 2136 Broadview today.  Joyful voices rang out from behind the closed doors of the tiny old storefront.  The were singing Loves Me Like a Rock.

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Happy thoughts on a blue Sunday

Submitted by lmcshane on Sun, 03/22/2009 - 11:52.

Coloring my world. I am thinking about the recommendation of neighbor Anthony Green to find the jazz in Cleveland.  He steers me to Jazz28, which, lo and behold, can be found on Cleveland's west side.

I am going to make a bike trek there soon, and in the meantime, the Cleveland Jazz Project motivates me to clean my house on a blue Sunday.

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Why is this man smiling?

Submitted by lmcshane on Sat, 03/14/2009 - 15:37.

Today, I was fortunate to hear Sandor Katz discuss microorganisms and understanding how communities can determine our overall health.  Sudhir, Jenita, Frank G. and many more were in attendance today, so you will hear many reports.

Cuts like a knife

Submitted by lmcshane on Wed, 03/11/2009 - 13:29.

From Brooklyn Centre artist and musician Darren Hamm..click on image for more details

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Question of the day? Safe where?

Submitted by lmcshane on Wed, 03/11/2009 - 01:09.

"Things like this just don't happen in Maryville," Mayor Larry Gulledge said

Chagrin Highlands

Submitted by lmcshane on Sun, 03/01/2009 - 09:53.

In the late 1990s, then Mayor Michael White butted heads with developer Richard Jacobs, when it was discovered that Jacobs was the shadow player in the Figgie International development team.

Taxpayers footed the bill for the Harvard Ave. interchange that serves the Chagrin Highlands development, just as the taxpayers also funded the Avon interchange that also benefited Jacob Group. 

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Cleveland at night

Submitted by lmcshane on Wed, 02/25/2009 - 00:02.

A lot of folks will want to further write off downtown Cleveland after the recent violent shootings of two Clinic employees.  The violence can happen anywhere.  It's time that we looked harder at ourselves.

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Charles Chestnutt

Submitted by lmcshane on Tue, 02/24/2009 - 23:49.

You may not be familiar with Charles Chestnutt, but he was a Cleveland writer who first broke the color line with his popular novel, House Behind the Cedars.  

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Ground Zero

Submitted by lmcshane on Mon, 02/23/2009 - 17:34.

The war is on.  Bombs away....From Cuyahoga County Planning Commission blog:

Volunteers and students with Case Western Reserve University are creating an inventory of the more than 2,200 abandoned houses in East Cleveland. The data will be used to prioritize demolitions.

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Brunner is out of the gate first

Submitted by lmcshane on Thu, 02/19/2009 - 21:18.

Tim Russo noted this first on his blog . Jennifer Brunner has a senate website up and running at www.jenniferbrunner.com. And, the contenders?? Lee Fisher, PLJ? Nada.

Ohio History

Submitted by lmcshane on Tue, 02/03/2009 - 10:18.

Despite corruption and cronyism galore, Ohio does have it's bright and shiny moments of good and brilliant. Here's a way to make history come alive for your kids (from ODOT!) http://www.dot.state.oh.us/districts/D06/Maps/Pages/OhioUndergroundRailroadMapsPage.aspx

We have come a long way, but we still have a long way to go.

Shout out to Slavic Village Sandy, who is the voice of NEO. Thanks for the heads up!

Pretty Pictures

Submitted by lmcshane on Mon, 02/02/2009 - 06:17.

Last year, my sister and I went to Puerto Rico to find some sun. We had a great time and the weather was perfect. Yesterday, Cleveland had perfect weather, too. It is a matter of luck and how you look at the world. This is Cleveland, too.

 (Heroin addicts lined up for clean syringes in Old San Juan :(


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Kullarh Earthen Cups

Submitted by lmcshane on Sun, 02/01/2009 - 10:29.
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Good Afternoon Cleveland

Submitted by lmcshane on Fri, 01/30/2009 - 15:22.

Good afternoon. Today, I delivered the City of Cleveland ’s 2009 operating budget to Cleveland City Council. For the fourth year, I am proposing a balanced budget without layoffs or reductions in service delivery. However, in these hard economic times, I pledge to you that I will remain vigilant and that my Administration will continue to seek efficiencies, reduce cost, increase economic development and raise revenue. Please click here to find out more about this year’s proposed budget.

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Cleveland gets a Makeover

Submitted by lmcshane on Wed, 01/28/2009 - 23:38.

Weather ALERT

Submitted by lmcshane on Wed, 01/28/2009 - 12:50.

Josh Taylor


City Hall Requests that Employers Dismiss Employees Due to Snow
Downtown Cleveland: In an effort to be proactive with the current snow storm, Mayor Jackson is asking for a staggered release of employees from Downtown this afternoon. City Hall recommends the following time schedule in order to help the flow of traffic out of Downtown:
• State and Federal Offices – 1:30pm
• City and County Offices – 2:30pm
• Businesses – after 3:00pm

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