Thursday, August 17, 2017

Red Panda Brothers Born at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

Posted By on Thu, Aug 17, 2017 at 4:12 PM

Two red panda brothers were recently born at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, officials said today.

The fuzzy pair remains cozy inside their exhibit's nesting box, but their curiosity should bring them out into public view in the near future.
The two will soon have a new home, when the Asian Highlands exhibit opens next summer at the zoo. The exhibit will also house a leopard, snow leopard and takin.

A baby giraffe was also recently born at the zoo, and the public will soon have an opportunity to help name him.
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MadTree Brewing to Kick Off Cleveland Distribution with All Four Core Beers

Posted By on Thu, Aug 17, 2017 at 4:04 PM

  • Twiiter: @MadTreeBrewing
The Cincinnati-based MadTree Brewing Company will officially begin distributing in Northeast Ohio on Monday, August 28. All four of the brewery's core beers will be available in cans and on draft at area establishments.

The four core beers:
  • PSYHOPATHY: IPA; citrus + bright + balanaced (6.9%)
  • PSA: Pale Ale; tropical fruit + sessionable + balanced (4.5%)
  • LIFT: Kolsch; refreshing + crisp + subtle orange (4.7%)
  • HAPPY AMBER: Amber Ale; caramel + floral + bready (6.0%)
"In addition to these," MadTree wrote on a promotional flyer, "we will have a versatile rotation of seasonal products."

Be on the lookout for the colorful cans.
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What You Need to Know About This Weekend's Annual Burning River Fest

Posted By on Thu, Aug 17, 2017 at 3:32 PM

  • Emanuel Wallace
The Burning River Fest pokes fun at one of Cleveland's not-so-proud moments while conveying the importance of preserving Northeast Ohio's freshwater sources.

Created by the aptly named Burning River Foundation, the fest takes place at the historic Coast Guard Station on Whiskey Island. Great Lakes Brewing Company, the event's sponsor, will have five of its beers available, and Ohio City Pasta, Barrio and other local food joints will be on hand as well.

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Is the Football Team More Important than our Country? — The A to Z Podcast With Andre Knott and Zac Jackson

Posted By on Thu, Aug 17, 2017 at 3:26 PM

How should coaches respond to players who want to protest the National Anthem? How was Hue Jackson's response at a recent press conference? Dre and Zac dive into the latest tough questions as the football season approaches.

Get ready for Knott dropping some serious knowledge. He even says that if you're not even ready to have a conversation about the issues facing the nation, don't bother listening to this podcast.

"The status quo isn't all right," says Knott.

(And stay around for some quarterback and Salazar talk.)

Note: Due to some tech difficulties, we're unable to embed this audio today. Please do follow this handy link to the episode.
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Buckingham McVie to Play Hard Rock Live in November

Posted By on Thu, Aug 17, 2017 at 3:11 PM

  • Courtesy of Hard Rock Live
Earlier this year, Fleetwood Mac members Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie collaborated on a self-titled album simply dubbed Buckingham McVie and played a few dates in support of the release.

The album’s genesis dates back three years ago to when McVie rejoined Fleetwood Mac for the group’s On With the Show tour. The two recorded new material prior to Fleetwood Mac's rehearsals for that tour.

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Citing Charlottesville Violence, Group Backs Off Plans to Protest Confederate Flag Sales at Lorain County Fair

Posted By on Thu, Aug 17, 2017 at 2:07 PM

The Lorain County Fair Board has announced that it will not prohibit the sale of Confederate flags at the fair next week, raising concerned responses from local residents and groups. The Fair Minded Coalition for Lorain County, for one, has objected to the sale of the Confederate flag (and other products with that symbol) and the apparent promotion of its cultural meaning.

Recent events have thrown that opposition into even starker terms.

But the Coalition announced this week that it will back off from planned "activities," alluding to potential protests that members were organizing for fair week (Aug. 21 - 27). The group is citing the specter of violence, and is now stating that they'd rather not stoke that fire any more than need be.

"We're reconsidering what actions we will be doing in Wellington — if we take any action at all," Jeanine Donaldson, head of the Coalition, said at a public event this week. "If people can come out and do what they did in Charlottesville, Virginia, what's stopping those same people that are pro-selling-the-flag at the fair from organizing and coming down to Lorain County?"

The Chronicle-Telegram reported from the press conference, filming video and laying out the board's side of the story as well.

The fair board's own bylaws insist: “Under no circumstance will items of a questionable nature be sold or permitted on fairgrounds or in the building.” But the board has long held that the Confederate flag sales are a matter of free speech and must be treated as such.

Board members told the C-T that there's a false equivalency at work when their approval of certain vendors is made to seem like approval of certain cultural phenomenon. “Are they saying that because we allow Confederate merchandise to be sold we’re white supremacists?” Board President Brian Twining said to the newspaper.

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Willoughby South High School Will Drop Confederate "Rebel" Mascot

Posted By on Thu, Aug 17, 2017 at 12:21 PM

  • Sam Allard / Scene
Fox 8 has reported that the Willoughby-Eastlake School District has dropped its controversial "Rebel" mascot, or at least that the school will modify the way that "Rebel is interpreted. The depiction is currently that of a Confederate soldier.

Scene reported in 2015 that at Willoughby South HS, the Confederate Flag is a symbol of school pride.

Recent events, (according to Fox 8's inside sources), including the violence in Charlottesville, where Confederate Flags were seen flying next to Nazi flags and other icons of racial violence, accelerated what a decision that had long been in the works.

“In light of the changing perception of the Civil War rebel icon," a spokesperson told Fox 8, Willoughby-Eastlake City School has made a decision to move forward to identify a new figure to represent the South High Rebels.”

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