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September 2008

Food + Drink

(in the kitchen) Metro Mix

Better with Age: The Baricelli Inn

Luxe: A Star is Reborn

News Bites

Rhone Ranger

Randall Grahm’s unconventional approach has the Central Coast riding high in the saddle.

In the CLE

A Graying Lady

As Cleveland’s daily paper shrinks and its alt-weeklies merge, our writer remembers a city electric with news and a time when reporters exposed kickbacks and abuses. Today, the town needs good journalism more than ever, but what will fill the voi

And Another Thing

Are We Ready?

On Election Day, the whole world will be watching Ohio, and especially Cleveland, to see if we can vote without a hitch. In 2004 and 2006, we screwed up. How our voting system has gotten better, what could still go wrong — and how you can protect yo

Cast of Characters

First Impressions

Four Years, Four Voting Systems

Glossary of Extremely Scary Election Terms

In Case Of Election Emergency, Break Glass

The weak spots in Cuyahoga County’s voting system could bedevil us again in 2008. Here are the biggest things that could go wrong, and how you can protect your vote.

King Me

Chess gets all the attention, but Richard Beckwith of Willoughby knows how to play a mean game of checkers. He and a host of other players, including some of the world’s best, will gather in Medina this month to do battle. Who says this is kids&#

Photo Finished

Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Nut Job

Saving | a plane crash victim

A year ago, Chuck Herndon saw a Cessna crash into the black water of Lake Erie near his Kelleys Island home. He paddled out to save 7-year-old Joel Hutchison of Lima. Joel’s father, Jeff, and 9-year-old brother, Jeremy David, were killed.

Seen and Heard

When Democrats Became Republicans and Vice Versa

The strange fight over choosing a system that wouldn't lose votes

Winning Reason


(RE)Imaging Photography

5 City Gala

All's Fair

Artistic Luxury


David Sedaris

Doug Varone

Fall Arts Preview 2008

23 Must-see Events Between Now and the Holidays

Fortune Battle of the Corporate Bands

Guest of Cindy Sherman

Heresies: A Retrospective by Pedro Meyer

Holiday Circle Fest

Into the Woods

Last Comic Standing Tour

Legally Blonde: The Musical

Louder than Words

Inspired by his mentor, the Rev. Albert Wagner, Michelangelo Lovelace uses his art to bring racial and social issues to light.

New Kids on the Block

NIck Lowe

Not-Your-Usual Holiday Concert

Poll Questions

Reviews | Books

Sara Bareilles

Talking Heads 2

The Glass Menagerie

The Three Pillars of Punk

Tinseltown, Meet Rust Belt

Esquire writer Scott Raab takes on Hollywood as only a native Clevelander can. We talked to him about his new book and found out why Sean Penn and Bill Murray are the celebrities most likely to fit in here.

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