City Council Rejects 20,603 Q Deal Petition Signatures on Questionable Grounds

City Council Rejects 20,603 Q Deal Petition Signatures on Questionable Grounds

Democracy died once again in Cleveland Monday, and this time more than a few seemed to mourn its passing. Several city councilmen cried foul after City Council rejected 20,603 signatures presented Monday morning, signatures for a petition seeking a referendum on a city ordinance that will commit future tax revenue to an enormous upgrade at Quicken Loans Arena.

At a noon Committee of the Whole meeting, Councilman Mike Polensek, who voted against the deal and who was one of its most vocal opponents, argued that in rejecting the signatures, council had gone beyond the issue of support of or opposition to the deal itself; they were entering territory that called into question the city charter, to say nothing of certain foundational principles of American democracy.…

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Ohio Supreme Court Justice Advocates Full Marijuana Legalization, Taxation

Ohio Supreme Court Justice Advocates Full Marijuana Legalization, Taxation

Ohio Supreme Court William O’Neill, long the bench’s liberal voice and a current candidate for the governor’s seat in 2018, has staked a vocal claim in favor of full-on marijuana legalization in the state.

The Associated Press covered the justice’s recent speech, wherein O’Neill confronted the most recent presidential election and the various national trends surrounding marijuana.…






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Chance the Rapper Gives an Exuberant Performance at Blossom

Chance the Rapper Gives an Exuberant Performance at Blossom

If God’s will was to dampen the mood of Chance the Rapper’s latest set at the Blossom Music Center with a messy bout of rain, it wasn’t enough to deter the showman, or his legion of young followers, from staying positive throughout Friday night’s sold out show.

In fact, the rapper’s Christian faith seemed to stoke the fire that ignited his exuberant performance, though it shouldn’t have come as much of a surprise to anybody who has heard Coloring Book, the artist’s latest mix-tape, whose spiritually-steeped songs factored largely into the 80-minute set.

Fittingly, Chance, short for Chancelor Bennett, opened the show with a mash-up that heavily featured “Blessings,” a song whose soulful melody roared from the audience in the packed pavilion.…






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In Advance of the Band’s Agora Concert, Everclear’s Art Alexakis Revisits ‘So Much for Afterglow’

In Advance of the Band's Agora Concert, Everclear's Art Alexakis Revisits 'So Much for Afterglow'

Alt-rockers Everclear had a massive hit with 1997’s So Much For The Afterglow, an album that delivered singles such as “Everything to Everyone,” “I Will Buy You a New Life,” “Father of Mine,” “So Much For the Afterglow” and “One Hit Wonder.”

The songs draw from post-punk and rock and presented a more accessible side of the group.…






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