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December 2005

Food + Drink

Classy Continental: Raffine


Joyful Endings

Ohio ice wine is a festive finish to a meal or to the year.


In the CLE

"Curse" Words

A Career of Doing Good

Four Clevelanders found new meaning in their careers by leaving big salaries behind to work for nonprofits.

A City of Survival

New Orleans captured our writer's imagination as a child, revealed its spirit to her as a part-time resident and showed her its strength in its devastation.

And Another Thing

Art of the Annual Report

Cookies in the Court

Public defender Ken Mullin can mix it up in the courtroom or the kitchen -- and the results are pretty sweet.

Dawg Pounds

John "Big Dawg" Thompson became famous as the fat, rubber-masked face of the Browns' cheering section. Three hundred lost pounds later, a new nickname may be in order.

Dry Cleaner Challenge

We take the cleaners ... to the cleaners!

Fastlane: Shirley Thal

Shirley Thal, free-lance fragrance model

How Cleveland Are You?

In Memory


Seen & Heard

The Big Campaign

Prominent Cleveland nonprofits are aiming high with ambitious expansion campaigns -- and succeeding, thanks to loyal supporters, the allure of naming rights and exciting designs by famous architects.

The Ultimate Clevelander

Who's your choice? The Bone Lady vs. John Adams, Dick Feagler vs. Jane Scott, John Lanigan vs. Jimmy Malone, Dennis Kucinich vs. George Forbes.

There's No Place Like Home

Yes! Surf in Cleveland

A small band of wave-riders brave Erie's waters, scan weather reports for good wind and conquer our inland sea.



A Crafty Lesson in Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art's arts-and-crafts exhibit enlightens as it enthralls.

Aerosmith: Old Music, New Tour

Dreaming on Cleveland

Twisted Christmas


Coming Soon: More Medical Innovations from Cleveland

Fix Your Body

Your body is a machine. One that thinks, moves, creates. Sometimes it needs a tune-up, sometimes a major overhaul. We consult area medical experts about what to do when there's a breakdown.

Retirement Through the Ages

The news on retirement may seem dreary, but with a plan, some help and a little luck, you could be relaxing on a sunny beach (or your dream destination) when it comes time to put work away.