Celebrities with birthdays today Singer LaMonte McLemore (The Fifth Dimension) is 84. Basketball Hall of Fame coach Phil Jackson is 74. Singer Fee Waybill is 71. Comedian Rita Rudner is 66. Muppeteer Kevin Clash (former voice of Elmo on "Sesame Street") is 59. Singer BeBe Winans is 57. TV personality/businessman Robert Herjavec (TV: "Shark Tank") is 56. Actor Kyle Chandler is 54. Director-producer Bryan Singer is 54. Rapper Doug E. Fresh is 53. Rock singer Anastacia is 51. Actor Matthew Settle is 50. Rapper Vinnie (Naughty By Nature) is 49. Actor Felix Solis is 48. Rhythm-and-blues singer Marcus Sanders (Hi-Five) is 46. Singer-actor Constantine Maroulis is 44. Pop singer Maile Misajon (Eden's Crush) is 43. Country singer-songwriter Stephen Cochran is 40. Rock musician Chuck Comeau (Simple Plan) is 40. Actor Billy Miller is 40. Country singer Desi Wasdin (3 of Hearts) is 36.
“The Voice” just landed music’s biggest star. Taylor Swift will join the NBC singing competition as a “mega mentor” for Season 17, according to The Hollywood Reporter.Swift will be added on to the four core coaches Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani. But, because she’s Taylor Swift, the pop star who just released “Lover” will apparently mentor every contestant during the upcoming season.
Today is Tuesday, Sept. 17, the 260th day of 2019. There are 105 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:On Sept. 17, 1987, the city of Philadelphia, birthplace of the U.S. Constitution, threw a big party to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the historic document; in a speech at Independence Hall, President Ronald Reagan acclaimed the framing of the Constitution as a milestone "that would profoundly and forever alter not just these United States but the world."On this date:In 1787, the Constitution of the United States was completed and signed by a majority of delegates attending the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia.In 1862, more than 3,600 men were killed in the Civil War Battle of Antietam (an-TEE'-tum) in Maryland.In 1939, the Soviet Union invaded Poland during World War II, more than two weeks after Nazi Germany had launched its assault.In 1944, during World War II, Allied paratroopers launched Operation Market Garden, landing behind German lines in the Netherlands. (After initial success, the Allies were beaten back by the Germans.)In 1947, James V. Forrestal was sworn in as the first U.S. Secretary of Defense.In 1971, citing health reasons, Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black, 85, retired. (Black, who was succeeded by Lewis F. Powell Jr., died eight days after making his announcement.)In 1978, after meeting at Camp David, Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin (men-AH'-kem BAY'-gihn) and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat signed a framework for a peace treaty.In 1994, Heather Whitestone of Alabama was crowned the first deaf Miss America.In 1996, former Vice President Spiro T. Agnew died in Berlin, Maryland, at age 77.In 2001, six days after 9/11, stock prices nosedived but stopped short of collapse in an emotional, flag-waving reopening of Wall Street; the Dow Jones industrial average ended the day down 684.81 at 8,920.70.
Meijer has requested that its customers no longer open-carry guns in its superstores.The family-owned company, posted the request Monday on the official company Twitter account.“The safety of our customers and team members is our top priority, so we respectfully request that our customers do not open carry firearms at Meijer,” the tweet reads. “We’ve made this decision because open carry can create an environment that makes our customers and team members feel unsafe.”
The Sherwin-Williams Co. on Thursday announced what has long been rumored: The downtown Cleveland-headquartered global paint company is looking for new research and development facility and a new global headquarters.The company is considering multiple sites, including locations in Cleveland, Northeast Ohio and “several other states,” according to a news release.“The company’s significant growth and global expansion over the last several decades have resulted in a less than the optimal configuration of headquarters, offices and R&D facilities across multiple locations,” said Sherwin-Williams Chairman and Chief Executive Officer John G. Morikis in a statement. “Given the limitations of our current footprint and driven by the needs of our customers, we are exploring options that will help us to accelerate productivity and efficiency, enhance technology and innovation, enable greater collaboration, support recruitment and retention and reduce maintenance costs over the long term.”
Associated Press file photoIran denies role in attacks on Saudi oil facilities; Trump says U.S. is ‘locked and loaded’President Trump said Sunday that the United States was prepared to respond to the devastating attacks on two oil installations in Saudia Arabia, that halved the state oil company’s production output, while Iran rejected U.S. accusations that it was responsible. “There is a reason to believe that we know the culprit,” Trump said in a tweet Sunday evening. He said the United States was “locked and loaded depending on verification.” Trump did not name Iran, as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had on Saturday, or specify whether he was contemplating a military response. He said he was waiting to hear from the Saudis on “who they believe was the cause of this attack, and under what terms we would proceed!
Celebrities with birthdays today Actress Janis Paige is 97. Actor George Chakiris is 87. Bluesman Billy Boy Arnold is 84. Movie director Jim McBride is 78. Actress Linda Miller is 77. Rhythm-and-blues singer Betty Kelley (Martha & the Vandellas) is 75. Musician Kenney Jones (Small Faces; Faces; The Who) is 71. Actress Susan Ruttan is 71. Rock musician Ron Blair (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers; Mudcrutch) is 71. Country singer David Bellamy (The Bellamy Brothers) is 69. Country singer-songwriter Phil Lee is 68. Actor-comedian Lenny Clarke is 66. Actor Kurt Fuller is 66. Jazz musician Earl Klugh is 66. Actor Christopher Rich is 66. TV personality Mark McEwen is 65. Country singer-songwriter Terry McBride is 61. Actress Jayne Brook is 59. Singer Marc Anthony is 51. News anchor/talk show host Tamron Hall is 49. Actress Toks Olagundoye is 44. Country singer Matt Stillwell is 44. Singer Musiq is 42. Actor Michael Mosley is 41. Actress Sabrina Bryan is 35. Actor Ian Harding is 33. Actress Kyla Pratt is 33. Actor Daren Kagasoff is 32. Rock singer Teddy Geiger is 31. Actress-dancer Bailey De Young is 30. Actress Elena Kampouris is 22.
Neither NBC nor “Saturday Night Live” boss Lorne Michaels has commented since racist jokes by new cast member Shane Gillis were discovered last week.Gillis was one of three new featured players announced last Thursday. But while people were celebrating his castmate Bowen Yang’s hire as the first Asian-American cast member in the show’s 45-year history, audio from Gillis’ podcast in which he referred to Asian-Americans as “f------ ch---s” and made fun of their accents was posted online.
Today is Monday, Sept. 16, the 259th day of 2019. There are 106 days left in the year.Today's Highlights in History:On Sept. 16, 2001, President George W. Bush, speaking on the South Lawn of the White House, said there was "no question" Osama bin Laden and his followers were the prime suspects in the Sept. 11 attacks; Bush pledged the government would "find them, get them running and hunt them down.In 1810, Mexico began its revolt against Spanish rule.In 1893, more than 100,000 settlers swarmed onto a section of land in Oklahoma known as the "Cherokee Strip."In 1910, Bessica Medlar Raiche of Mineola, N.Y., made the first accredited solo airplane flight by a woman in the United States.In 1940, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Selective Training and Service Act. Samuel T. Rayburn of Texas was elected Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.In 1974, President Gerald R. Ford announced a conditional amnesty program for Vietnam war deserters and draft evaders.In 1976, the Episcopal Church, at its General Convention in Minneapolis, formally approved the ordination of women as priests and bishops.In 1982, the massacre of between 1,200 and 1,400 Palestinian men, women and children at the hands of Israeli-allied Christian Phalange militiamen began in west Beirut's Sabra and Shatila refugee camps.In 1987, two dozen countries signed the Montreal Protocol, a treaty designed to save the Earth's ozone layer by calling on nations to reduce emissions of harmful chemicals by the year 2000.In 1994, a federal jury in Anchorage, Alaska, ordered Exxon Corp. to pay $5 billion in punitive damages for the 1989 Exxon Valdez (val-DEEZ') oil spill (the U.S Supreme Court later reduced that amount to $507.5 million). Two astronauts from the space shuttle Discovery went on the first untethered spacewalk in ten years.
The United Auto Workers authorized a strike amid stalled negotiations with General Motors over a new contract, the Detroit Free Press’ Jamie LaReu reports. It’s the first strike against the company since a two-day work stoppage in 2007 and the first nationwide strike since 1982. Roughly 46,000 GM workers are represented by the union.General Motors pushed back on a statement released Sunday morning, saying they offered more than $ 7 Billion in investments the Detroit News’ Kalea Hall writes. That includes rescuing the now-closed Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant and building a new battery factory in Northeast Ohio near the recently-idled Lordstown Assembly plant near Youngstown.
Van Dijk died Saturday at age 90 at his home in Cleveland Heights after a two-year battle with cancer, said his wife, Roberta van Dijk.Van Dijk was nationally recognized for his innovative design for Blossom, the open-air pavilion completed in 1968 in Cuyahoga Falls as the summer home of the Cleveland Orchestra.Blossom’s success helped van Dijk’s firm, now DLR Group Cleveland, grow a global practice in the design of performing arts centers, theaters and concert halls.When designing new buildings, van Dijk was a committed modernist, eager to express structure and function in bold, clear shapes while exploiting contemporary materials such as glass and steel.“He never copied, he never mimicked, he never repeated himself,” said architect Paul Westlake, who joined the firm in 1981.Yet van Dijk also became a staunch preservationist who resisted the ethos of erasing history in American cities in the 1960s and ‘70s.Van Dijk’s 1973 master plan for Playhouse Square showed how its separate theater lobbies could be internally connected, creating what has become the second-largest unified performing arts center in the United States, after Lincoln Center in New York.
It’ll be love at first fright this Friday the 13th when Cedar Point kicks off its popular Halloweekends event with a six-couple zombie wedding.According to the park, “everlasting love and the smell of formaldehyde will be in the air” as six Ohio couples — “decked out in their finest afterlife couture” — will pledge their undying love to each other in front of park guests. The public is invited to watch the celebration at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the Harvest Fear fright zone, located in front of Town Hall in Frontier Town.
Walt Disney World theme parks in Florida will close Tuesday afternoon in anticipation of strong winds and heavy rain from the fringes of Hurricane Dorian.The decision came late Monday afternoon as officials announced that Orlando International Airport would stop operations at 2 a.m. Tuesday. The Category 4 storm stalled over the northwestern Bahamas for much of Monday, devastating Grand Bahama Island. Dorian was expected to make a turn to the northwest by late Tuesday, then northeast by Wednesday night, according to the National Hurricane Center.
The cleveland.com database of recent Cuyahoga County home sales and other property transfers has been updated with August 2019 transactions.Search the database at this link to find home sales in your neighborhood and across the county.
The median selling price for single-family homes in Cuyahoga County fell in August for the first time since February but still remained above 2018 levels.On more than 2,000 sales, the median last month was $132,000, down from $140,000 in July, cleveland.com tracking of property sales data from the county found. The median price had gone up each month since dropping to $90,000 in February.
Tyson Foods is riding the new wave. Literally. On Thursday the world’s second-largest processor and marketer of chicken, beef, and pork announced it is moving in a whole new direction: plant-based shellfish. Tyson has invested in New Wave Foods, a San Francisco-based start-up that will debut plant-based shrimp early next year."I was introduced to New Wave by a venture capital friend of mine, and I flew out and had the product prepared for me by a chef, and I didn't even know it wasn't shrimp," says Tom Mastrobuoni, the chief financial officer of Tyson Ventures.
U.S. employers added a modest 130,000 jobs in August, a sign that hiring has slowed but remains durable amid economic weakness and President Donald Trump’s trade war with China.The job gain was boosted by the temporary hiring of 25,000 government workers for the 2020 Census. Excluding all government hiring, businesses added just 96,000 jobs, the fewest since May.The Labor Department reported Friday in its monthly jobs report that the unemployment rate remained 3.7%, near the lowest level in five decades. The jobless rate was flat for a positive reason, though: Americans surged into the workforce, lifting the proportion of adults who are either working or looking for work to its highest level since February
Celebrities with birthdays todayRhythm-and-blues singer Luther Simmons is 77. Singer Inez Foxx is 77. Singer Dee Dee Sharp is 74. Rock musician John McFee (The Doobie Brothers) is 69. Actor Tom Wopat is 68. Actress Angela Cartwright is 67. Musician-producer Dave Stewart is 67. Actor-comedian Charles Esten (formerly Chip) is 54. Actress Constance Marie is 54. Actor David Bennent is 53. Rock singer Paul Durham (Black Lab) is 51. Actress Julia Sawalha is 51. Actor Eric Stonestreet is 48. Actor Henry Thomas is 48. Latin singer Maria Rita is 42. Actress Julie Gonzalo is 38. Neo-soul singer Paul Janeway (St. Paul & the Broken Bones) is 36. Actress Zoe Kazan is 36. Author-motivational speaker-businessman Farrah Gray is 35. Actress Kelsey Asbille is 28. Contemporary Christian singer Lauren Daigle is 28. Country singer-songwriter Hunter Hayes is 28.
Kennywoods new Pittsburgh Steelers-themed roller coaster, Steel Curtain, was named the year’s best new coaster in the annual Golden Ticket Awards announced by Amusement Today magazine. The ride, which debuted in July, features nine inversions, a top speed of 75 mph, and a black-Cedar Point, meanwhile, dropped a spot in the Best Park category, finishing third, behind Europa-Park in Germany, No. 1 for the past six years, and Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. For the first 16 years of the Golden Ticket Awards, Sandusky’s Cedar Point reigned atop the list of best amusement park in the world, dethroned in 2014 by Europa-Park. Dollywood moved ahead of Cedar Point this year, up from third place in 2018.The annual awards sometimes referred to as the Oscars of the amusement park industry, are selected by a survey of hundreds of theme park fanatics. They were announced over the weekend in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho, home of Silverwood theme park and Rocky Mountain Construction, a roller coaster manufacturer.Cedar Point’s steel roller coasters still dominate, capturing five spots on the list of 25 Best Steel Coasters in the world. Millennium Force finished second, Steel Vengeance was third, Maverick was 13th, Magnum XL-200 was 18th and Top Thrill Dragster was 21st. Fury 325 at Carowinds, a Cedar Fair park in North Carolina, was deemed the top steel coaster for the fourth year in a row.Other winners include: Best Waterpark: Schlitterbahn New Braunfels (Texas), recently purchased by Cedar Fair. Best Kids Area: Dollywood, displacing longtime winner Kings Island, which came in second. Best Wooden Roller Coaster: Phoenix at Knoebels Amusement Resort in Elysburg, Pennsylvania, was No. 1, while the Beast at Kings Island came in fifth.
Today is Monday, Sept. 9, the 252nd day of 2019. There are 113 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:On Sept. 9, 1971, prisoners seized control of the maximum-security Attica Correctional Facility near Buffalo, New York, beginning a siege that ended up claiming 43 lives.On this date:In 1776, the Second Continental Congress made the term "United States" official, replacing "United Colonies."
The cleveland.com database of recent Cuyahoga County home sales and other property transfers has been updated with August 2019 transactions.Search the database at this link to find home sales in your neighborhood and across the county. You will be able to search by town, street, seller’s name, buyer’s name, and more ways.
Celebrities with birthdays todaySoul singer Sonny Charles is 79. Actor Kenneth Kimmins is 78. Singer Merald "Bubba" Knight (Gladys Knight & The Pips) is 77. TV personality and veterinarian Dr. Jan Pol (TV: "The Incredible Dr. Pol") is 77. Actress Jennifer Salt is 75. Rhythm-and-blues musician Ronald LaPread is 69. Actress Judith Ivey is 68. Rock musician Martin Chambers (The Pretenders) is 68. Actor Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs is 66. Actress Khandi Alexander is 62. Rock musician Kim Thayil is 59. Actor Richard Speight Jr. is 50. Actor Noah Taylor is 50. Actress Ione Skye is 49. Actor-singer James Monroe Iglehart is 45. Pop-rock singer-DJ-musician-producer Mark Ronson is 44. Rhythm-and-blues singer Richard Wingo (Jagged Edge) is 44. Rock musician Ian Grushka (New Found Glory) is 42. Actor Max Greenfield is 40. Country singer Granger Smith is 40. Singer Dan Miller (O Town) is 39. Country singer-musician Tom Gossin (Gloriana) is 38. Actor-comedian Kyle Mooney (TV: "Saturday Night Live") is 35. Folk-rock musician Neyla Pekarek (formerly with The Lumineers) is 33. Pop-rock singer-songwriter James Bay is 29. Actor Carter Jenkins is 28. Actor Trevor Gagnon is 24.
Hurricane Dorian is churning dangerously close to the Southeast coastline Wednesday, where residents from Florida to the Carolinas are bracing for powerful rains, wind, and flooding.IDorian, now a Category 2, is moving north, parallel to the Florida coast, and might make landfall in North Carolina.
Today is Wednesday, Sept. 4, the 247th day of 2019. There are 118 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:On Sept. 4, 1998, Internet services company Google filed for incorporation in California.On this date:In 1781, Los Angeles was founded by Spanish settlers under the leadership of Governor Felipe de Neve.In 1944, during World War II, British troops liberated Antwerp, Belgium.In 1951, President Harry S. Truman addressed the nation from the Japanese peace treaty conference in San Francisco in the first live, coast-to-coast television broadcast.In 1957, Arkansas Gov. Orval Faubus used Arkansas National Guardsmen to prevent nine black students from entering all-white Central High School in Little Rock. Ford Motor Co. began selling its ill-fated Edsel.In 1969, the Food and Drug Administration issued a report calling birth control pills "safe," despite a slight risk of fatal blood-clotting disorders linked to the pills.In 1971, an Alaska Airlines jet crashed near Juneau, killing all 111 people on board.In 1972, "The New Price Is Right," hosted by Bob Barker, premiered on CBS. (The game show later dropped the "New" from its title and expanded from a half-hour to an hour.)In 1987, a Soviet court convicted West German pilot Mathias Rust of charges stemming from his daring flight to Moscow's Red Square and sentenced him to four years in a labor camp. (Rust was released in August 1988.)In 1999, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat signed a breakthrough land-for-security agreement during a ceremony in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.In 2006, "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin, 44, died after a stingray's barb pierced his chest.In 2008, with a pledge that "change is coming," Sen. John McCain accepted the Republican presidential nomination at the party's convention in St. Paul, Minnesota, vowing to vanquish what he called the "constant partisan rancor" gripping Washington. Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice in a sex scandal, forcing the Democrat out of office after months of defiantly holding onto his job.
The death toll in a West Texas shooting rampage increased to seven Sunday as authorities investigated why a man stopped by state troopers for failing to signal a left turn opened fire on them and fled, shooting more than 20 people as he drove before being killed by officers outside a movie theater.Odessa police spokesman Steve LeSueur said that at least one person who was shot remained in life-threatening condition Sunday. Authorities say the gunman was a white male in his 30s, but police have not released a name or possible motive.