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Iman Shumpert’s ideal summer comes to screeching DUI halt
Iman Shumpert should’ve hit the brakes on his seemingly perfect summer. The Cleveland Cavaliers guard was arrested on Aug. 10 outside Atlanta on suspicion of DUI, the team announced Friday morning. Shumpert, 26, initially was pulled over by Fayette County police for a lane violation. The Cavaliers said no court date has been set and...
30 points by New York Post | National Basketball Association Music video NBA Finals Cleveland Cavaliers Chicago Bulls Cleveland Eastern Conference LeBron James
Stipe Miocic started Cleveland’s title run with UFC heavyweight title
If not for the likable local hero who dethroned a champion a few months ago, Cleveland's sports title drought might not be over.
4 points by The Denver Post | Cleveland Cavaliers American Hockey League Fabricio Werdum Quicken Loans Arena LeBron James Alistair Overeem Lake Erie Monsters 2007 NBA Finals
Cleveland 2016 Fall Festival Guide
The end of summer just means the beginning of fall festivals. Northeast Ohio has a full harvest of autumn parties and events planned.
1972 points by The Plain Dealer | Cleveland The Plain Dealer Cuyahoga River George Voinovich Cleveland Press Cleveland Cavaliers
Listen to LeBron James', um, touching rendition of 'Happy Birthday' for Kevin Love
LeBron James and Kevin Love have said they've patched up any differences they may have had the last couple of years. But if so, why would James want to torture his Cleveland Cavaliers teammate, especially on his birthday? Take a listen (or at least try): https://www.instagram.com/p/BKDx3KzBPZu/?taken-by=kingjames...
6 points by Los Angeles Times | Shaquille O'Neal Kobe Bryant Michael Jordan Cleveland Cavaliers Boston Celtics National Basketball Association Washington Wizards 2007 NBA Finals
Bobblecon attracts dozens of bobblehead enthusiasts for swap and sell show (video, photos)
A bobblecon Saturday, Feb. 18, in Akron attracted dozens of bobblehead enthusiasts. Watch video AKRON, Ohio - A bobblecon in Akron attracted about 60 people to swap, sell and buy the nodding collectibles, with hundreds of the smiling and shaking figures sharing table space Saturday afternoon. As expected, Cleveland athletes dominated, from current (Tyler Naquin, LeBron James, Carlos Santana) and former (C.C. Sabathia in a disco pose, Brad Daugherty of the Cavs, Hall of Famer Bob Feller). Others stood their ground, from UFC fighter Holly Holm in action to a miniature NASCAR racer Jeff Kenseth. Anyone in the sports arena is fair game for their image to be captured in a bobblehead. Mascots rooted, announcers remained silent, characters stared (remember Jobu from "Major League?"). Even Indians manager Terry Francona is caught zipping along in his scooter. The hobby is fueled by team giveaways and the secondary market, which includes shows, flea markets and online vendors. More info Pedro Avalos of Akron is the man behind the national group Bobblehead Addicts. He organized Saturday's show at the Ancient Order of Hibernians hall. Email him for details on future shows. He's also on Twitter. Avalos works with the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum, which is receiving its largest donation of bobbleheads from collector Bob Manak of Cleveland.
69 points by The Plain Dealer | Cleveland Indians Cleveland Cavaliers Akron Ohio LeBron James Brad Daugherty Terry Francona Johan Santana 2009 NBA Playoffs
Greater Cleveland Congregations wants meeting with Dan Gilbert to discuss Q deal
Greater Cleveland Congregations is asking for more investment in neighborhoods as the city and county consider a proposal to renovate Quicken Loans Arena. CLEVELAND, Ohio - Greater Cleveland Congregations is requesting an in-person meeting with Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert as the non-partisan coalition of religious groups continues to object to a plan to use public funds to help pay for the renovation of Quicken Loans Arena. The meeting is requested to work out a way to bring some of the money proposed to be spent on the Q arena makeover back to the neighborhoods, according to a news release from GCC. The group, as well as other activist organizations and some residents, don't agree with a plan that would divert taxpayer dollars to downtown development but not invest equal amounts of money in the neighborhoods in their eyes. The group is asking for Gilbert to support establishing a Community Equity Fund which would provide a match of any public funds for the Q makeover to go towards neighborhood priorities, the news release said. An investment of $35 million is being asked from Gilbert personally to capitalize the fund and to help with initial costs to build two mental health crisis centers on the east and west sides of Cleveland, the news release said. "GCC's belief is that the financial benefit Mr. Gilbert and the Cavaliers accrue from the Q far outweighs what Cleveland-area residents receive in return, therefore there must be equity built into the deal in the form of the Community Equity Fund," the news release said. "Examples of these benefits include not paying property tax on the Q building, extracting exclusive value of the building's naming rights, and a Cavaliers franchise now valued at $1.2 billion, up from $375 million when Mr. Gilbert first purchased the Cavs, which the public helps subsidize through the current Q arrangement." As of Saturday morning there was no response to the meeting request. "We ask to meet with Mr. Gilbert in-person in the coming weeks to explain our position on the Q deal and discuss how he can help unite Cleveland, instead of continuing the long history of pitting neighborhoods against downtown," Donna Weinberger, member of GCC's Strategy Team said in the news release. The group met with Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish as well and requested Budish slow down the legislative process and allow transparency and community input. GCC also wants Budish to be a part of the establishment of the Community Equity Fund. Members also spoke out against the proposal Tuesday at the County Council meeting, where the plan will be under consideration for the next few weeks. The group will hold a public meeting March 9 at Ebenezer Baptist Church, 6114 Francis Avenue in Cleveland to update the public on the project. The GCC is a group of faith communities and partner organizations that works to build a greater Cleveland for everyone.
171 points by The Plain Dealer | Cleveland Cavaliers Dan Gilbert Cuyahoga County Ohio 2007 NBA Finals Cleveland Quicken Loans Arena Quicken Loans Akron Ohio
LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony miss All-Star media day
NEW ORLEANS — Cleveland's LeBron James and New York's Carmelo Anthony did not attend NBA All-Star media day events on Friday.The NBA said James had a family matter to deal with, and that he would be in New Orleans with his Eastern Conference teammates for practice on Saturday. Anthony was permitted to miss the media session because he was not added to the All-Star roster until Wednesday and had some logistical issues to deal with.The All-Star Game is Sunday. James is in the game for the 13th time, Anthony for the 10th time.
-2 points by Boston Herald | National Basketball Association Washington Wizards Kobe Bryant Cleveland Cavaliers New York Knicks Boston Celtics Shaquille O'Neal New York City
President Trump is dedicated to reversing American decline - Ed Oberndorf: Speaking from the right
Actions speak louder than words and our new president indeed is wasting no time in fulfilling his promises to "drain the swamp," writes Ed Oberndorf. CLEVELAND -- It was eight years ago that Barack Obama promised hope and change. At the end of his two terms, the nation faced little hope in the urban communities; our fiscal state was in shambles with nearly $20 trillion in national debt; executive orders included regulations that strangled business formations and new jobs; some of our military complex is the weakest since World War II; and our educational system ranks low internationally and needs a major overhaul. I had mixed emotions voting for Donald Trump. He is, indeed, controversial, unpredictable, and sometimes very unpresidential. However, the country needed a major change from an administration that was taking us down the socialistic road to disaster. Actions speak louder than words and our new president indeed is wasting no time in fulfilling his promises to "drain the swamp."  Do I trust him to do the right thing? Hopefully, and only if he listens to the advice of his outstanding cabinet. The media and the Democrats have been very critical of some his cabinet choices who "lack experience." Reviewing the performance of the past cabinet with so-called experience, one wonders whether common sense and a business background may produce better and more productive results. Ed Oberndorf remains active in the Shaker Square Area Development Corp.Ed Oberndorf  What impresses me most about Trump: He is a man of his word and, rightly or wrongly, I feel he is dedicated to making our country in decline great again. Ed Oberndorf remains involved in the community with the Shaker Square Area Development Corp., the Cleveland Sight Center and also with the Omena (Michigan) Historical Society that he founded. About this project: As part of an effort to bring a greater diversity of voices to bear on timely issues, Cleveland.com and The Plain Dealer are reaching out to 18 published letter writers every few weeks -- five who appeared from their letters to be conservatives, five liberals, and eight who wrote in apparently neutral ways about issues. For this installment, we asked for brief commentaries either on Trump's words versus his actions or on the $140 million Quicken Loans Arena upgrades in Cleveland. Eleven of the 18 said they would write; all had submitted their essays as of Tuesday morning. We also received a Trump essay mailed in by one person we'd reached out to in the prior round, for 12 essays in all -- two on the arena upgrades, which we posted separately, and 10 on President Trump. Several of the letter writers whom we contacted did not wish to write on either topic and asked us to reach out to them with another set of questions as the project continues, which we will do. Questions or comments? Contact Elizabeth Sullivan at [email protected]
2 points by The Plain Dealer | Barack Obama Cleveland Cavaliers Writing Donald Trump World War II President of the United States The Plain Dealer Cleveland
President Trump is creating a more Divided States of America - Barb Sones: Speaking as a concerned citizen
Some of President Trump's actions in just his first week in office could have monumental impact, even on issues of life and death, writes Barb Sones. LYNDHURST, Ohio -- President Donald Trump's words have enormous power to unite or divide, fostering or eroding civility and public discourse. Unfortunately, his words thus far have served to create a more "Divided States of America."  Consider a few of his actions in just his first week in office and the monumental impact these could have, even on issues of life and death.   President Trump's first act was to start the process of dismantling the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) which, among other things, prevents insurers from denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions. (Though no replacement was offered, the president promised to keep some of its more popular provisions.) The ultimate repeal of Obamacare would affect some 20 million previously uninsured Americans who received expanded health coverage under Obamacare and who now face an uncertain future, with real life-and-death consequences. Will I be able to continue my chemotherapy regimen? Will my diabetic child receive the care she needs to grow into a healthy adult? And so on.  A second telling act occurred just two days after millions joined the Women's March on Washington in the nation's capital and throughout the world, when President Trump reinstated the "gag rule" that blocks American foreign aid to health care providers that offer abortion counseling. And he went further, expanding such restrictions to include global health assistance.  Will this mean a return to back-alley abortions and to severely limited health care, resulting in more unwanted pregnancies and potentially dire consequences for women and their families worldwide?  With the signing of these executive orders, President Trump has presumably satisfied his base, but in my opinion he has tragically failed to "do the right thing" for the entire nation. These are actions that not only speak louder than words but that also foretell untold human suffering. Barb Sones, a lifelong Clevelander, taught English in the Cleveland School District then, in retirement, joined the local League of Women Voters, of which she was president for about eight years. She helps edit husband Bill Sones' "Strange But True" column. About this project: As part of an effort to bring a greater diversity of voices to bear on timely issues, Cleveland.com and The Plain Dealer are reaching out to 18 published letter writers every few weeks -- five who appeared from their letters to be conservatives, five liberals, and eight who wrote in apparently neutral ways about issues. For this installment, we asked for brief commentaries either on Trump's words versus his actions or on the $140 million Quicken Loans Arena upgrades in Cleveland. Eleven of the 18 said they would write; all had submitted their essays as of Tuesday morning. We also received a Trump essay mailed in by one person we'd reached out to in the prior round, for 12 essays in all -- two on the arena upgrades, which we posted separately, and 10 on President Trump. Several of the letter writers whom we contacted did not wish to write on either topic and asked us to reach out to them with another set of questions as the project continues, which we will do. Questions or comments? Contact Elizabeth Sullivan at [email protected]
1 points by The Plain Dealer | Health care Cleveland Cavaliers Donald Trump Writing Health Chemotherapy regimens Health care provider President of the United States
Five takeaways from the Lakers' 137-101 loss to Phoenix
The Lakers absorbed a wire-to-wire beating at the hands of the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night, staggering into the All-Star break with one of their worst defensive performances of the season. Here are five things we learned from their 137-101 loss to the Suns in Talking Stick Resort Arena: 1....
4 points by Los Angeles Times | Los Angeles Lakers National Basketball Association Magic Johnson Washington Wizards Shaquille O'Neal Phoenix Suns Major League Baseball All-Star Game Cleveland Cavaliers
GarPax have mandate to rebuild, which starts with trading Jimmy Butler
In happier and healthier times, Bulls officials and Jimmy Butler might sit down to discuss the merits of skipping Sunday's All-Star Game to rest a sore heel — referring to his right foot, not Butler. The heel contusion caused Butler to miss four of five games before he returned Tuesday night to...
-2 points by Chicago Tribune | Chicago Bulls Cleveland Cavaliers LeBron James John Paxson Michael Jordan 1984 NBA Draft 2002 NBA Draft 2005 NBA Draft
NBA: Chicago Bulls beat Toronto Raptors for 11th time in a row
Doug McDermott scored 20 points, Jimmy Butler had 19 points and 12 assists in his return to the lineup, and the host Chicago Bulls continued their mastery over the Toronto Raptors in a 105-94 victory Tuesday night.  Taj Gibson had 14 points and Rajon Rondo scored 12 to help the Bulls beat the Raptors...
-2 points by Los Angeles Times | 2009 NBA Playoffs 2006–07 NBA season 2008–09 NBA season 2006 NBA Draft Boston Celtics Cleveland Cavaliers 2007–08 NBA season 2008 NBA Playoffs
LeBron James, Kyrie Irving help Cleveland Cavaliers pull away from Minnesota Timberwolves
By Tyler Mason, The Sports Xchange MINNEAPOLIS -- Losing a star player is never easy, but the best teams in the NBA find a way to get by when that does happen.
1 points by UPI | Cleveland Cavaliers National Basketball Association LeBron James New York Knicks Washington Wizards Shaquille O'Neal NBA All-Star Game Michael Jordan
After losing Love for weeks, LeBron and Cavs beat Wolves
MINNEAPOLIS — LeBron James spent the morning sending a crystal clear message to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the wake of Kevin Love's knee injury: things will be just fine as long as James is on the court.He spent the night backing that up against an emboldened Andrew Wiggins and the Minnesota Timberwolves, as if anyone doubted him in the first place.James had 25 points, 14 assists and eight rebounds to lead the Cavaliers to a 116-108 victory over the Timberwolves on Tuesday night.
-2 points by Boston Herald | 2007–08 NBA season Cleveland Cavaliers 2005–06 Cleveland Cavaliers season 2009 NBA Playoffs LeBron James 2006–07 NBA season 2007 NBA Finals 2003–04 NBA season
Opponents, some supporters, of Q renovation plan pack Cuyahoga County Council meeting
More than 200 people packed Cuyahoga County Council chambers Tuesday to voice their opposition and support to the proposed pan to spend tax dollars to renovate Quicken Loans Arena. Watch video CLEVELAND, Ohio - More than 200 people packed Cuyahoga County Council chambers Tuesday on both sides of a proposed plan to spend tax dollars to renovate Quicken Loans Arena. Before the largest crowd ever to attend a meeting since council formed six years ago, a resolution allowing the county to sell $140 million in bonds to expand and update the arena was introduced. Council did not discuss the issue, which will be weighed before the committee-of-the-whole on Feb. 21. But council members listened raptly as about two dozen people spoke for and against the proposal. If approved, the plan will cost a total of $282 million over 17 years, with loan interest and creation of a rainy day fund. Taxes will pay for $160 million of that total. The Cavs will pay $122 million through increased rent payments, Cleveland will provide more than $88 million, using its admissions tax on tickets to Q events from the years 2024 through 2034, and more than $44 million will come from the budget of Destination Cleveland, which will give up a piece of the county bed tax it receives. The county will provide $16 million, by dipping into the reserve fund it set up for the convention center and Hilton Cleveland Downtown, both of which are complete. There will be no new taxes. About two-thirds of the crowd opposed the resolution, but a number of people, including area businessmen, union leaders and Q employees, were there to support the measure. Members of Greater Cleveland Congregations, a non-partisan coalition which represents 100,000 people across 43 congregations and partner organizations in Cuyahoga County, made up the bulk of the crowd.  Leaders told council they want Cleveland and Cuyahoga County to commit as many tax dollars to neighborhood development as are proposed for renovating The Q. Rabbi Joshua Caruso of Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple said the deal sets a dangerous precedent and wondered aloud what would stop the Cleveland Indians or Cleveland Browns from seeking a similar deal in the future. The money spent by Destination Cleveland, the city and the county could be better used to help neighborhoods, opponents said. They wanted to know what protection there was for the investment and whether the Cavs would leave if they got a new owner or better deal. "I find this deal unconscionable," said GCC member Donna Weinberger of Solon. "This deal is not fair, equitable and not the best we can do to bring vitality and growth to all our neighborhoods." She cited Nike's new 'diversity' ad featuring LeBron James. "The ball should bounce the same for everyone," she said. Pastor Richard Gibson of Elizabeth Baptist Church said if the deal is looked at from a business perspective, council has to determine the best return on an investment. "How do you allocate those funds?" he asked. Gibson said there are many needs that could be met with that money. The Rev. Dr. Jawanza Karriem Colvin, pastor of Olivet Institutional Baptist Church, said the issue could divide a city that had been united behind the Cavs. He asked that the process be slowed down.  The measure could be voted on as early as Feb. 28. GCC members handed council members chocolate and red envelopes that contained invitations to a March 9 meeting their group will hold about the proposal. Among those who spoke in favor of the project were Cleveland Building and Construction Trades Council president Terry Joyce and executive secretary David Wondolowski. They said their organization, which includes about 14,000 members, supports the renovation not only because it means jobs, but because The Q and Gateway have revitalized downtown Cleveland and have led to more development and thousands of jobs for Greater Clevelanders. "Tens of millions has been spent in Cleveland only because people are attending events in the Q," Wondolowski said. "This  is not about downtown versus the neighborhoods-  I want to be really clear about this. It is about our collective future." Chef Rocco Whelan spoke of his commitment to Cleveland, his restaurant employees and the growth of the city. He said the project will lead to additional opportunities. "I feel Cleveland has made tremendous strides," he said. "My blue- and white- collar workers are the strongest reason I stand before you. Like you, I roll my sleeves up daily." Other supporters included businessmen Fred DiSanto, on the board of trustees of the Cleveland Sports Commission; Terry Uhl, executive director of Shoes and Coats for Kids; Marc Nathanson, senior development executive at Youth Opportunities Unlimited; and Joe Marinucci, president and CEO of the Downtown Cleveland Alliance.  Former NBA player and Warrensville Heights Mayor Brad Sellers said his city supports the project but understands the passion of those who oppose it. "This is not an either-or proposition," he said. "You can do one and figure out the other." He recalled his playing days at the Richfield Coliseum and how public investment revitalized downtown Cleveland. He acknowledged there are many unmet needs in Cleveland and Cuyahoga County. "There are 70 good people from Warrensville Heights working at Quicken Loans Arena," he said. "Each one of those people need that money. I want to say that you can do both."
274 points by The Plain Dealer | Cleveland Cavaliers Cleveland Cuyahoga County Ohio Downtown Cleveland Quicken Loans Arena Cuyahoga River 2007 NBA Finals LeBron James
Cavaliers’ Kevin Love out at least 6 weeks after knee surgery
Kevin Love won’t be able to help the Cavaliers down the stretch this season.
1 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | 2009 NBA Playoffs Boston Celtics Cleveland Cavaliers Washington Wizards 2007–08 NBA season 2008–09 NBA season 2006–07 NBA season National Basketball Association
Jackson to move slowly on lead paint inspections: Darcy cartoon
Neurotoxins don't take their time to poison children like Jackson wants to take his time doing what should have been done year ago. CLEVELAND, OHIO -- While President Trump is moving quickly and aggressively to implement his plan to "Make America Great Again,"  Mayor Frank Jackson wants to make Cleveland's rental properties safe again, slowly. Jackson said the city's new plan to inspect rental properties for safety violations will be phased-in, over a five-year period, beginning this summer. The mayor argued that by moving too quickly or aggressively, the city risked displacing too many poor families and placing too much of a burden on landlords. Last week, Jackson met with reporters to discuss the plan that was prompted by the city's ongoing lead poisoning crises. The Plain Dealer's Toxic Neglect series found that less than half of the homes where children had been exposed to lead poisoning had been inspected, over a five- year period. A team of 13 inspectors were hired with money from November's tax increase.  It's hard to believe, but the new inspection team marks the city's first attempt to conduct routine rental inspections. Jackson said  the city faces a "moral dilemma" in carrying out the inspection plan. "If you're talking about a very mechanical kind of thing, you know, half of the places would be closed up.   If you're talking about it in terms of the ethical or moral thing, probably three quarters of the places would be closed up. It's the way it is."  Jackson said that's "one of the reasons why our people are taking so long is because of that -- that decision around that moral dilemma. The Plain Dealer's Rachel Dissel and Brie Zeltner reported that those closest to the issue had mixed reactions to Jackson's comments, "some saying the mayor put a finger on a problem central to improving the safety of the city housing; others arguing his off-the-cuff estimates exaggerate the problem and provide an easy excuse for delay or inaction." Dissel and Zeltner reported, "officials in Rochester (New York) said concerns similar to Jackson's were floated a decade ago when the city instituted citywide inspections for lead hazards that have since resulted in a more than 80 percent drop in the number of kids poisoned by led." A Rochester housing official told The Plain Dealer that landlords who left the market shouldn't have been in it anyway, and the rest adjusted to the enforced code standards. Cleveland Lead Safe Network representative Spencer Wells  told Dissel and Zeltner that the group would like to see legislation that sets a "lead-safe" housing standard that's more affordable than making a home "lead-free." U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development currently requires homes to be made "lead-safe" and maintained.   "Lead-safe" basically entails sealing chipping paint and painting over it  with lead-free paint.   The cost is the cost of a can a paint,brush and roller, plus the labor.   If that bare minimum isn't doable for any landlord, then they have no business being a landlord. Jackson wants to do landlords a favor by phasing in safety inspections, but he's not doing the children of Cleveland a favor by taking another five-years to fully inspect unsafe homes.   Neurotoxins don't take their time to poison children like Jackson wants to take his time doing what should have been done years ago. The mayor and the city leaders need to act with the same sense of urgency they act with on maintaining and improving the homes of the Cleveland Cavaliers , Browns and Indians.   The health of Cleveland's children should be a bigger priority than the playpens of billionaires and millionaires.
25 points by The Plain Dealer | Cleveland Cleveland Cavaliers The Plain Dealer Lead Inspection George Voinovich Landlord Cleveland Press
Valentine's Day 2017: Download printable Cleveland Cavaliers valentines
Happy Valentine's Day! Here, you can print out our special set of Cavaliers valentines cards. CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Love is in the air. And so is Kevin Love. Are you looking for a special way to show the basketball-lover in your life how much you care about them? Our printable sheet of Cleveland Cavaliers valentines might do the trick. These Valentine's Day cards feature LeBron James, J.R. Smith and Kevin Love, along with some basketball love puns like "Loving you is a slam dunk" and "I'm #ALLIN for you." Download the sheet of cards below. Then print them and cut them out to give to five of your closest friends. Happy Valentine's Day! Enjoy these Cavs-themed valentine cards. (Image by Zachariah Durr)
118 points by The Plain Dealer | Cleveland Cavaliers Michael Jordan Shaquille O'Neal 2009 NBA Playoffs Slam dunk Akron Ohio 2007 NBA Finals Love
LeBron James, Kyrie Irving carry Cleveland Cavaliers past Denver Nuggets
The Sports Xchange CLEVELAND -- Denver Nuggets coach Mike Malone has seen this before.
5 points by UPI | 2007–08 NBA season 2009 NBA Playoffs National Basketball Association 2006–07 NBA season 2003–04 NBA season Orlando Magic 2008 NBA Playoffs Cleveland Cavaliers
Doing grunt work makes Larry Nance Jr. a valuable asset for Lakers
On a team dependent on rotations, where few starting spots are guaranteed, the Lakers have tried so many different groups that nearly every player has had a shot at least once this season. Oddly enough, the one player who hasn’t started yet is one of the Lakers’ most important pieces — Larry Nance...
112 points by Los Angeles Times | Phoenix Suns Los Angeles Lakers Cleveland Cavaliers Chicago Bulls Player 2009 NBA Playoffs Luol Deng Week-day names
James Dolan fires MSG security chief amid Charles Oakley fallout
Dolan fired Frank Benedetto, Madison Square Garden's senior vice president for security, on Friday morning.
1439 points by Daily News | New York Knicks George W. Bush President of the United States Madison Square Garden Cleveland Cavaliers Barack Obama Democratic Party LeBron James
No public money for Q improvements, says Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus
The Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus has joined critics of Cuyahoga County and the city of Cleveland's plan to spend millions of tax dollars on renovations to Quicken Loans Arena while community needs remain unmet. LAKEWOOD, Ohio - The Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus is joining opposition to spending tax money on Quicken Loans Arena renovations while community needs remain unmet. In December, the Cleveland Cavaliers, county and city leaders announced a plan to upgrade the 22-year-old arena. If approved, the plan will cost a total of $282 million over 17 years, with loan interest and creation of a rainy day fund, and taxes will pay for $160 million. Caucus members held a press conference Friday to say they opposed the use of any tax dollars to renovate the Q. That differs from the view of Greater Cleveland Congregations, which has called for the city and county governments to commit as many tax dollars to neighborhood development as are proposed for the arena renovations. Members of both groups, who strongly support the Cleveland Cavaliers, say they are "Not All In" and plan to attend council meetings to voice their concerns. The Progressive Caucus formed last year in support of presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. Following the election the group has continued progressive efforts and is resisting actions by President Donald Trump, said Steve Holecko, the political director. The group has about 2,100 members, he said. As the plan stands, the Cavs will pay half the cost of upgrades through increased rent payments. Cleveland will provide more than $88 million, using its admissions tax on tickets to Q events from the years 2024 through 2034. More than $44 million will come from the budget of Destination Cleveland, which will give up a piece of the county bed tax it receives. The county will provide $16 million by dipping into the reserve fund it set up for the convention center and Hilton Cleveland Downtown, both of which are complete. Cuyahoga County's legislation to provide funds for the Q is expected to be introduced at Tuesday at County Council. Council members generally do not comment on introduced legislation, which will be referred to the council-of-the-whole meeting on Feb. 21. But the public can comment on proposed legislation at any meeting. Members of the GCC and caucus said they plan to attend Tuesday. Holecko and caucus operations director Tristan Rader said the Q project is "an opportunity for the people of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County to end their silence and start to be citizens instead of spectators to the decisions impacting their communities. "This is an opportunity to break with a past where such projects are routinely rubber stamped,. We deem this renovation to be a breach of public trust and a gross misuse of public funds. We will not stand by while those elected to lead us redefine progress as working people subsidizing billionaires."
140 points by The Plain Dealer | Cleveland Cavaliers Cleveland Cuyahoga County Ohio Downtown Cleveland Quicken Loans Arena Akron Ohio Greater Cleveland Lakewood Ohio
LeBron James taunts New York Knicks, Phil Jackson on Instagram
Alex ButlerFeb. 9 (UPI) -- Leave it to the King to jump out of his throne and into the headlines.
-2 points by UPI | National Basketball Association Madison Square Garden New York Knicks LeBron James Cleveland Cavaliers Quicken Loans Arena 2007–08 NBA season 2007 NBA Finals
Mayor questions RTA traffic and safety studies that support reopening Public Square to buses
Mayor Frank Jackson says more information needs to be collected safety and traffic studies on Public Square are not yet complete. CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Mayor Frank Jackson says the traffic and safety studies RTA had done regarding Public Square are incomplete.  The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority this morning released summaries of the traffic and safety studies that recommended reopening the square to buses.  But Mayor Jackson thinks that the release of those summaries was premature because the actual studies have not been completed to the city's standards. "We were completely surprised at the fact othat a final report was issued," Jackson said during a meeting Tuesday with The Plain Dealer and cleveland.com. "Not only have we not completed a process, we do not have a report."  The Mayor took specific issue with the safety study being completed by K & J Consulting. That study, he said, did not take into account the city's concerns about potential terrorist threats to Public Square and instead only focused on whether to not there are current terrorist threats to the square.  This story is being updated. 
194 points by The Plain Dealer | Cleveland English-language films The Plain Dealer George Voinovich Cleveland Cavaliers Town Cleveland Press Euclid Avenue
Kevin Love wants to sell you Banana Republic pants and Saxx underwear
Love has had an endorsement deal with Saxx since 2015. This is his second year as Banana Republic's brand ambassador. CLEVELAND, Ohio -- When Kevin Love isn't throwing game-tying touchdown passes or answering questions about trade rumors, the Cavaliers star has a pretty steady gig as a model. On that front, it's been a pretty good couple of days for Love, who scored 39 points in the Cavs' thrilling win over the Washington Wizards on Monday. His latest ad campaign for Banana Republic is hitting in-store displays, billboards and direct mail this week. The photos feature pieces from BR's spring line, which include stain and wrinkle-resistant pants, stretchy jeans and moisture-wicking sweaters. "I am all about being comfortable while looking polished, which is why I loved the pieces in this spring campaign," Love said in a release. "One of my favorite items are the Nanotex trousers because I'm always on the move, traveling and on the road, and they stay wrinkle free. I can pair them with lightweight layers or versatile outerwear so I'm ready for anything." Love, who counts Don Draper and Larry David among his fashion icons, also just launched a new collection of boxer briefs for Saxx Underwear. The NBA All-Star says the designs, which feature camouflage and patriotic patterns, were inspired by the Pacific Northwest and Americana. Love has had an endorsement deal with Saxx since 2015. This is his second year as Banana Republic's brand ambassador. This past Friday in NYC I unveiled my new capsule collection with @SAXXunderwear. Inspired by Eastwood, the Pacific Northwest, Americana, and more. #SAXX #FreeToMove A photo posted by @kevinlove on Feb 6, 2017 at 9:59am PST
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Dan Gilbert proposes building new justice complex in Detroit in exchange for old downtown jail site
Quicken Loans founder Dan Gilbert has offered to build a new criminal justice center in Detroit in exchange for the property that he wants to use for downtown development, including a soccer stadium. DETROIT, Michigan - Quicken Loans founder Dan Gilbert has offered to build a new criminal justice center in Detroit in exchange for the old jail property, which he wants to use for downtown development, including a soccer stadium. Gilbert's Rock Ventures LLC submitted the offer to build a new consolidated criminal justice center that would include adult and juvenile detention facilities as well as a new criminal courthouse, mlive.com reported. Rock Ventures proposes building a $1 billion commercial development that would include a major league soccer stadium. In January a group led by Gilbert, who owns the Cleveland Cavaliers, and Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores put in a formal bid to get a Major League Soccer expansion team in Detroit. Detroit is among 12 cities competing for four MLS expansion spots. Wayne County owns the jail and site in Greektown, which Gilbert said in his proposal is ideal for development of an urban entertainment center. Could the same sort of deal be possible in Cleveland? In Cuyahoga County, officials are studying the future of the Justice Center, which takes up a block of prime downtown land. Cleveland owns the land under the jail and the county owns the land under the justice tower, at St. Clair Avenue and Lakeside Avenue. Gilbert, who owns Jack Cleveland Casino, has been buying downtown Cleveland property as well. Last year he bought the Avenue at Tower City Center. In Detroit, construction of a new jail near the county's courthouse and juvenile detention center has been stalled for years, mlive.com reported. County officials, who halted the half-finished jail project in 2013 because it was over the $300 million budget, have said they planned to resume construction this year, the Detroit News reported. Gilbert proposed to build a new, $420 million justice complex about 1.5 miles north of the Gratiot Avenue site, using the county's $300 million and his own funds. See the proposal below or click here if on a mobile device. Gilbert would like an answer from the county by Feb. 20, according to the proposal. The county acknowledged receiving the proposal, but didn't comment further, mlive.com reported. // DV.load("https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/3455633-338606561-Rock-Ventures-Wayne-County-Jail-Cost.js", { width: 600, height: 800, sidebar: false, container: "#DV-viewer-3455633-338606561-Rock-Ventures-Wayne-County-Jail-Cost" }); // ]]>
-2 points by The Plain Dealer | Major League Soccer Youth detention center Detroit Prison Downtown Cleveland Cleveland Cavaliers Detroit Pistons Cleveland
Cleveland Cavs deny 'trash' report that team is shopping Kevin Love
LeBron James, coach Ty Lue and Kevin Love all vehemently denied the report.         
-2 points by Arizona Republic | LeBron James Washington Wizards Need New York Knicks Want 2009 NBA Playoffs Cleveland Cavaliers Dwyane Wade
LeBron James, Cavs snap Wizards' winning streak in OT thriller
James, who also tallied 32 points, recorded a career-high 17 assists in the 140-135 win.         
-2 points by Arizona Republic | Cleveland Cavaliers Washington Wizards LeBron James National Basketball Association Michael Jordan Basketball 2005–06 Cleveland Cavaliers season 2009 NBA Playoffs
NBA: Kyrie Irving takes control after LeBron James fouls out
Kyrie Irving scored 11 of his 23 points in overtime Monday night, including a tie-breaking three-point basket with 35 seconds to play, and the Cleveland Cavaliers eked out a 140-135 victory over the Washington Wizards.  The loud, sellout crowd at Washington was standing, and so were the players...
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LeBron slams ‘trash’ report that he’s pulling strings for Carmelo
Carmelo Anthony stood by his locker, all dressed, when reporters were let in. That’s only shocking because he usually is dead last to speak — the media sometimes waiting upward of an hour. Though he blamed it on his son waiting for him, Anthony clearly couldn’t wait to leave the Knicks locker room after their...
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Kevin Love helps Cleveland Cavaliers end Washington Wizards' home win streak
By Benjamin Standig, The Sports Xchange WASHINGTON -- With LeBron James on the court, the Cleveland Cavaliers are arguably the best team in the league.
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After LeBron James fouls out, Kyrie Irving lifts Cavs past Wizards
Kyrie Irving scored 11 of his 23 points in overtime, including a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 35 seconds left, and the Cleveland Cavaliers edged the Washington Wizards 140-135 in a playoff-type atmosphere Monday night.
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LeBron pushing Cavs to get Carmelo even if trade includes Love
Phil Jackson and Carmelo Anthony apparently do have something in common: LeBron James as an ally.
2684 points by Daily News | Chicago Bulls New York Knicks 2009 NBA Playoffs LeBron James 2007–08 NBA season Michael Jordan Cleveland Cavaliers NBA All-Rookie Team
Lady Gaga to play The Q in Cleveland as part of world tour
Pop star Lady Gaga, fresh off her successful halftime performance at the Super Bowl, announced a world tour early this morning to promote her latest album, "Joanne." The tour kicks off Aug. 1 in Vancouver and will stop in Cleveland Aug. 23 for a show at Quicken Loans Arena. CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Pop star Lady Gaga, fresh off her successful halftime performance at the Super Bowl, announced a world tour early this morning to promote her latest album, "Joanne." The tour kicks off Aug. 1 in Vancouver and will stop in Cleveland Aug. 23 for a show at Quicken Loans Arena. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 13, at LiveNation.com, TheQArena.com, the venue box office, charge by phone at 888-894-9424 and all Northern Ohio Discount Drug Mart locations. For more tour and ticket information visit ladygaga.com. "Joanne," is Lady Gaga's fifth studio album and was released in October of 2016. It has already produced several hit singles, including "Perfect Illusion" and "Million Reasons."
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Ex-Bulls GM shows up LeBron: ‘Smart’ MJ wouldn’t butt in on personnel
Former Bulls general manager Jerry Krause didn’t mention LeBron James by name, but his subtle dig at the impatient Cavaliers star likely adds salt to a still open wound. Krause brought James’ shots at his teammates back to the forefront on Sunday when he made every basketball fan’s favorite comparison, though indirectly, explaining Michael Jordan’s...
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Melo on getting booed: 'You are what the back page says you are'
Anthony sounds like a man trying to work through an unhappy marriage.
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Boys' basketball: Marvin Bagley III scores 43 points to set Nike Extravaganza scoring record
Marvin Bagley III was being given the LeBron James treatment. He opened the glass door leaving the media interview area and was surrounded by young fans wanting to touch him, high-five him, just get near to him. If any high school student ever looks like a future NBA star, it's the 6-foot-11 Bagley,...
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How long will Hornacek put off the Joakim Noah inevitable?
Knowing his four-year, $72 million contract is untradeable, Joakim Noah is viewed by management as their backup center for next season, according to a source. What’s unknown is whether that backup status is realized this season. Despite rookie center Willy Hernangomez’s striking progress the past few weeks, Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek still is coming up...
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Highlights from Cupid's Undie Run in downtown Cleveland to benefit Children's Tumor Foundation (video)
Saturday afternoon marked the 5th Annual Cupid's Undie Run in downtown Cleveland. The event was held at House of Blues and the purpose was to benefit the Children's Tumor Foundation. Watch video CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Saturday afternoon marked the 5th Annual Cupid's Undie Run. The event was held at House of Blues in downtown Cleveland and the purpose was to benefit the Children's Tumor Foundation.  All participants in Cleveland that raised between $500 and $1,000 had their donations matched by Dan Gilbert. This years event raised just under $90,000 according to cupidsundierun.org. On their website you can also see which individuals and teams raised the most money for this years event. Watch the video above to learn more about the event and watch people run through Cleveland in their undies!
222 points by The Plain Dealer | Cleveland Cavaliers Saturday According to Jim
Thanks for 17 years together: Regina Brett
Thanks for the memories. After 17 years, this is my last column. But what a great time we had, didn't we? Goodbyes are always tough. They don't usually feel good at all, so let's get that part over with fast. This is my last column for The Plain Dealer. Life opens and closes doors. After 17 years here, a door is closing. My first column ran here on April 2, 2000. Since then, I've written over 1,800 columns for The Plain Dealer. Talk about being blessed. What a joy it has been.   Oh, the places we went: Malachi House, the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, the West Side Catholic Center, burn camp, foster kids camp, inner-city homes in the poorest places and homeless shelters where a boy named David in a coat way too large reminded me that kids like him are our kids. We took on bishops, prosecutors, judges, mayors and school superintendents. Thousands of you signed petitions, and we changed the law in Ohio to get open discovery so prosecutors could no longer hide information in criminal cases. We found the Lost Boys of Sudan jobs and homes and a future here. Every time I see them they thank me, but you deserve their thanks, along with the two who spearheaded the movement to help them, St. Ignatius High School teacher Tim Evans and Sister Mary Frances Harrington, may she rest in peace. I regret a few columns. I was too hard on Norma Lerner and on Dr. Karen Jaffe. I also regret being so insensitive about obesity without having any personal understanding of it.  You stayed gracious and shared your life with me and let me share mine: My daughter's surgery to remove the threat of breast cancer, her wedding, the birth of her three children, my mother's journey through Alzheimer's and her death in November. We celebrated the Cavs' NBA championship, the Indians almost winning the World Series and those three women walking free from Castro's house of horrors. We cheered for ordinary people, bus drivers, barbers, teachers, nuns, people like David Gordon, a joyful young man with Down syndrome; Randy Stang, who used his last breath to champion a skating park for kids in Bay Village; and former ice cream scooper Terrance Embry, who will one day be a doctor thanks to all of you. You'll never know the reach of your generosity. You bought wigs for The Gathering Place for women going through chemo, beds for poor children all over Cleveland through the Cleveland Furniture Bank, new clothes for rape victims at area hospitals. You sent other people's kids to college by supporting Jimmy Malone's annual golf outing. You grew 100 Women Who Care chapters that meet monthly and raise $10,000 in one hour for local charities. You helped open Ohio's adoption records so people like my sister-in-law could meet their birth parents. You laughed at my silly columns on the giant tooth, men and toilet seats, edible undies, snoring and Sudoku. You supported (or at least tolerated) me when I wrote about racism, abortion, gun violence, gay rights, the death penalty, drunken driving, sex education, pedophile priests, teen pregnancy, suicide, mental illness and child abuse. We went to funerals of soldiers, cops and kids who died way too soon. We shared every Easter, Christmas and cancer-versary. (This month makes 19 years cancer free for me.) You turned my 50 life lessons into a global sensation by emailing them to friends and family all over the world. The book they inspired, "God Never Blinks," is published in over 20 different languages. What's next? I'm writing book number four, posting regularly on Facebook at facebook.com/ReginaBrettFans and blogging at reginabrett.com, where you can also find my upcoming speeches. You can still read my columns in the Cleveland Jewish News. With a name like Regina Maria, I'm surely not Jewish, but I do feel a kinship and connection to the tribe, partly because my husband is a member. I want to thank Dick Feagler, whose PD columns I clipped, saved and studied. My journalism professors at Kent State always barked, "Bring me humans!" Dick found the most interesting ones and taught me where to find them. A big thanks to my co-workers, editors and copy editors. A special thanks to Doug Clifton, the editor who hired me 17 years ago; to Stuart Warner, who mentored me most, and to the paper's current editor, George Rodrigue, who held onto me as long as he could. Thank you all, for inviting me to your kitchen table every morning. You carried my column in your lunch pails, wallets and toolboxes. You stuck my columns under refrigerator magnets, the highest honor of all. When I first started here, The Plain Dealer marketing folks planned an ad for my column and asked what I wrote about. "My beat is the human heart," I told them. Thanks for keeping me so close to your heart. You will always be in mine. reginabrett.com, Facebook: facebook.com/ReginaBrettFans, Twitter: @ReginaBrett  
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Lakers' Larry Nance Jr. is starting to feel like his old self again, two weeks after returning from long layoff
Playing on consecutive nights can tax players’ bodies, but the Lakers’ most recent set of back-to-back games had a different effect on forward Larry Nance Jr. He said he felt more like himself than he had at any time since returning Jan. 22 after missing 16 games because of a bone bruise in his...
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Kevin Love cools Knicks trade talk with Cavs prediction
New York is a nice place to visit. But the Cavaliers’ Kevin Love doesn’t see himself living there. At least as a Knick. In fact, Love doesn’t see himself leaving Cleveland any time soon. “No, I don’t,” Love said when asked by reporters Friday at the Cavs practice facility in Independence, Ohio, if he expects...
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Gimme Five: Teacher creates unique greetings for students
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina fifth-grade teacher who designed unique and lively greetings for each of his students has become an internet sensation.
-2 points by Arizona Daily Star | North Carolina Cleveland Cavaliers 2007 NBA Finals Education Teacher LeBron James 2009 NBA Playoffs
Charlotte teacher creates individual handshakes for students
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - A Charlotte fifth-grade teacher has become an internet sensation by developing a special pre-class handshake for each of his students. WCNC-TV in Charlotte reports (http://bit.ly/2l5jYsY) Ashley Park PreK-8 School encourages teachers to find creative ways to engage with students. Barry White Jr. came up with individual ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | Education Cleveland Cavaliers Akron Ohio 2007 NBA Finals Teacher LeBron James 2009 NBA Playoffs
Lakers keep up with Spurs, but just can't beat San Antonio's veteran experience
From a vastly more veteran team, the Lakers got a lesson on Friday night at Staples Center. They lost to the San Antonio Spurs, 116-107, falling to 7-6 this season while the Spurs improved to 10-3. Though the Lakers got as close as within four points in the fourth quarter, the Spurs kept them an...
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Cavaliers 104, Pistons 81

-2 points by The Detroit News | Cleveland Cavaliers National Basketball Association Detroit Pistons Orlando Magic 2009 NBA Playoffs 2007–08 NBA season 2005–06 Cleveland Cavaliers season Michael Jordan
Van Gundy hints at lineup changes following blowout
The Pistons have few inviting options, even if Van Gundy wants a shake-up.        
-2 points by The Detroit News | National Basketball Association Cleveland Cavaliers New York Knicks 2005–06 Cleveland Cavaliers season Stan Van Gundy Orlando Magic Quicken Loans Arena 2009 NBA Playoffs
Erratic shooting foils Pistons in loss to Cavaliers
The Pistons instead served up a frightful night of alleged shooting that destroyed any fantasies.        
-2 points by The Detroit News | National Basketball Association Cleveland Cavaliers Detroit Orlando Magic Stan Van Gundy 2005–06 Cleveland Cavaliers season Quicken Loans Arena Miami Heat
Live: Pistons fall 104-81 against Cavaliers
Lynn Henning will have live updates in Cleveland when the Pistons face the Cavaliers on Friday at 7:30 p.m.        
-2 points by The Detroit News | National Basketball Association Cleveland Cavaliers Detroit Pistons Detroit Orlando Magic 2007 NBA Finals 2007–08 NBA season New York Knicks
Pistons offense lousy in loss to Cavaliers
The Pistons instead served up a frightful night of alleged shooting that destroyed any fantasies.        
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