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Submitted by Martha Eakin on Sun, 06/22/2008 - 17:50.

     

De-canonization of Russert

Submitted by Roldo on Sat, 06/21/2008 - 15:34.

It’s always difficult to talk critically about the dead, especially the recent dead.

However, the incredible outpouring of glowing tributes by the news media over the sad death of Tim Russert forced everyone to genuflect to a media celebrity and ignore all faults.

So it’s up to someone as Alexander Cockburn in his Nation column “Beat the Devil” to bring some reason to the Russert sanctification by his fellow journalists.

Cockburn starts with “The delirium in the press at Tim Russert’s passing has been strange. As a broadcaster he was not much better than the average, which is saying very little. He could be a sharp questioner, but not when it really counted and when courage was required.”

With all the adulation, I think Cockburn brings some reality to the elevation of Russert to journalistic sainthood.His full column can be found here: http://www.thenation.com/doc/20080707/cockburn

 

RIP CSU University Center

Submitted by Susan Miller on Fri, 06/20/2008 - 21:40.

destruction of Hisaka's CSU University Center

Improvising Schema got photos of the destruction of a modern landmark this morning. I commented there, so if this "not identifiable" blogger posts the comment, you will be able to see my response.

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Update on Plain Dealer, Free Times & Scene Happening

Submitted by Roldo on Fri, 06/20/2008 - 12:32.

Here is a good account of the alternative newspaper sale from John Ettorre on Working with Words. It helps fill out the details of the story:

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Moss Covered Solar Powered Vending Machine

Submitted by Charles Frost on Wed, 06/18/2008 - 17:55.

Moss Covered Solar Vending Machine

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Art of the Day: HEK

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Tue, 06/17/2008 - 00:00.

Two people reported to be HEK and MAK were reportedly arrested, May 30th, 2008. Jeff Buster and I have had a great interest in the work known all around NEO as HEK, and we both seem to wonder if there is really anyone to "arrest" as HEK, for HEK, as HEK seems the identity of many... the voice of many... and is today's Art of the Day.

Air Quality Advisory for Northeast Ohio

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Mon, 06/16/2008 - 00:45.

Monday, June 16, 2008 - Fine Particle "Soot" Pollution Urban traffic" />
 
Northeast Ohio - An Air Quality Advisory has been issued for Monday until such time as the front containing rain moves through the region.  This Advisory is for the counties of Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Portage, and Summit.

IMAGINATIVE PLAY WHEN I WAS A KID

Submitted by Jeff Buster on Sat, 06/14/2008 - 15:34.


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Newsman Tim Russert died today - RIP

Submitted by Susan Miller on Fri, 06/13/2008 - 19:21.

So I was on the phone with an old aquaintance in LA just now, and we were talking about my brother who died at 58 of a heart attack and he said , "Tim Russert died today".

And here it is: A Personal Remembrance from the Detroit Free Press BY JOHN SMYNTEK • FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER • June 13, 2008

Biographical information on Tim Russert

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REALNEO CONNECTS ITALY & PENNSYLVANIA – EARLY SUMMER DINNER WITH FRIENDS

Submitted by Jeff Buster on Fri, 06/13/2008 - 16:26.

 A few weeks ago I had dinner in the little farm house (photo above) located in the lovely green rolling hills North of Pittsburg – all because of Realneo.     I hadn’t seen my friend for about 40 years when an email came in a few months back.  

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WHEN I WAS A KID - KITE SKIING & NEW SPORTS TECHNOLOGY

Submitted by Jeff Buster on Fri, 06/13/2008 - 13:58.

You know what they say about a "new mouse trap"...that there is always a new wrinkle, and a new way to make an improvement.    

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The Perfect Job

Submitted by lmcshane on Fri, 06/13/2008 - 03:58.

When I worked downtown, I used to ride the bus with an editor from Webster's New World Dictionary (little known secret--the editorial office is located in Cleveland).  His job seemed perfect to me.  He got paid to read newspapers from all over the world and to compile definitions.  This came to mind as I read the latest word release from the Oxford English Dictionary.

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The Gulf in Golf

Submitted by metroparks muse on Thu, 06/12/2008 - 22:20.

Not only does the PD take on golf, Page 1 - front and center But Scene pitches in (sorry) with a story on the changing face of highschool baseball.

Cleveland--Members Only!

Submitted by lmcshane on Thu, 06/12/2008 - 18:03.


Good neighbor Gloria finds out that Positively Cleveland is a members-only club.

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County Bond Rating & Taxes

Submitted by Roldo on Wed, 06/11/2008 - 21:22.

Peter Lawson Jones did a good job on Bob Conklin’s “In the Spotlight” TV talk show on Ch. 15 within the hour.

He appeared without his Republican opponent for County Commissioner who apparently ducked the questioning, and who also didn’t send a surrogate, according to Conklin.

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I GRO EC for City Fresh

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Wed, 06/11/2008 - 12:46.

Maurice Small in East Clevelanbd

Maurice Small is the most economically and ecologically sensible planner I know.

Joe Stanley, Sudhir Kade and I have been brainstorming with City Fresh's Maurice Small about "I GRO EC" - Independent Green Republic Of East Cleveland. City Fresh already operates a Fresh Stop at Huron Road Hospital - which Maurice reports is doing great - and is active in community farming in East Cleveland. Recently, we've been discussing City Fresh having an involvement converting Brown's Convenient store into a pilot City Fresh Market, which could offer a paradigm-shifting model for bringing local food, farming and their economies into very needy urban neighborhoods, in very innovative and important ways.

Big Cuts in Planning at Plain Dealer

Submitted by Roldo on Tue, 06/10/2008 - 10:32.

The newspaper business, as readers here probably know, isn’t what it used to be.

The economic crisis for newspapers now will be felt strongly in Cleveland.

Top Plain Dealer executives – Publisher Terry Egger and Editor Susan Goldberg -  told worried editorial staff members yesterday that the business climate is so bad that the paper plans to cut 35 pages a week from its news pages and 20 percent of its workforce.

How Well will the PD Hide This Action

Submitted by Roldo on Mon, 06/09/2008 - 16:42.

Here’s an item that should be thoroughly described in tomorrow morning’s Plain Dealer.

  Let’s see if the PD gives us ANY   description about what the public cost of this will or could mean given the desire of Mayor Frank Jackson, Marty Sweeney and the Plain Dealer to keep the public fully informed about public business.

living the japanese dream

Submitted by Susan Miller on Mon, 06/09/2008 - 11:11.

Get your schooling, get your job, get married and have a dog. If you plan any outings with your pooch, you'll need a vehicle, so Honda launched a dog car website: Honda Dog just for the occasion.

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Cleveland's GEM

Submitted by lmcshane on Sun, 06/08/2008 - 17:27.


My friend and all-around pundit, Lissa (she speaks Italian), pointed this out to me--the Cultural Gardens are alive with song this summer.  

Good Magic vs. Bad Magic

Submitted by lmcshane on Sun, 06/08/2008 - 17:13.

Last week, the kids were treated to a magic show from a fabulous neighbor in Brooklyn Centre.  Now, I have more than one "seer" in the group of kids in this neighborhood, but one family, especially,  has become the resident "genius" family in the 'hood ranging from little Lily on up to her brainiac brothers, their mechanically-inclined father and their fierce supermom, the defender of the clan. 

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treehouse in Cleveland Heights

Submitted by Susan Miller on Sun, 06/08/2008 - 12:59.

Share my lovely 1917 home in Cleveland Heights with me. I have a little mixed breed watchdog named Phoebe. I work at home for a small arts-nonprofit. My politics are on the left (waay left), and I prefer classical and jazz music, but more often than not, just the sounds of the great outdoors.

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If You Don't Watch Anything Else This Weekend, WATCH THIS!

Submitted by Roldo on Sat, 06/07/2008 - 17:05.

Here is Bill Moyers this weekend at the FreePress Convention in Minneapolis.

No one can say it better, no one can say it with as much knowledge, no one can say it more inspirationally.

Give yourself 40 minutes to hear about telling the truth to power and where the news media are  today and our responsibility for its future.

What will we design for a World Without End?

Submitted by Susan Miller on Sat, 06/07/2008 - 11:33.

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community development lessons from rough rider, James Levin

Submitted by Susan Miller on Fri, 06/06/2008 - 10:07.


James Levin (seated) with the Brew Crew at Carnegie Hall - photo by Sandy Kish