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Hot Type, Cold Beer and Bad News: A Cleveland Reporter’s Journey Through the 1960s, by Michael D. Roberts. Published by Gray & Company, Publishers. Front cover of book.

The Cop House

I wanted to get the hell off the police beat before I ever got there. There were few bylines to be had out of that shabby carbuncle of an office in Central Station on Payne Avenue, where everything smelled of urine, disinfectant and stale tobacco. You were afraid to touch anything for fear of contracting a disease. In those days the police liked to …

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John Lanigan in jester costume on stage next to Cleveland Mayor Dennis Kucinich

John Lanigan: Friends in High Places

WGAR was a 50,000-watt blowtorch. That’s radio lingo for a station that didn’t have other stations interfering, and “the friendly station” could be heard in 38 states and a big part of Canada. We gave them plenty to listen to. Every day part had a jock who put on a show like morning drive. Interviews, impressions, jingles. All the shows had comedy bits and lots of telephone calls …

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Theater of the Mind

Wayne Mack would broadcast on WDOK-AM from “the balcony radio box at the Waltz Palace, overlooking the great glistening dance floor and the huge stage” at “Northern Ohio’s oldest and most beautiful ballroom”—all made up, of course.

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Two Plain Dealer front covers showing LeBron James: July 9, 2010 headlined "Gone" and July 12, 2014 headlined "Home"

The Comeback – About This book

The moment I read the essay, I knew I had to write a book about the return of LeBron James to the Cavaliers. The essay was written with Lee Jenkins in Sports Illustrated. Some people told me they thought Jenkins really wrote it, and that he basically put the words in LeBron’s mouth. But most people told me, “I read it and I cried.” …

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Amy Mihaljevic school photo, with side-saddle ponytail

Minute by Minute — Amy Mihaljevic on October 27, 1989

The day Amy was taken, Bay Village was enjoying an Indian summer. Though it was late October, a balmy breeze cut off Lake Erie. It was the last breath of summer warmth before the world fell cold again until spring. A little after 6 a.m., Amy awoke and dressed herself. Sweats again. She picked out green pants and a pale green sweatshirt with lavender trim. She brushed her hair and slipped on her favorite earrings, silhouettes of horse heads rendered in turquoise, mounted on gold studs.

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The Comeback: LeBron, the Cavs & Cleveland: How LeBron James Came Home and Brought a Championship to Cleveland, a book by Terry Pluto from Gray & Company, Publishers – front cover

Waiting for LeBron

Dan Gilbert was worried. The man who started a mortgage company called Quicken Loans hates to wait. And he hates to feel that everything is not in control. But it can be argued that Gilbert had been waiting for four years for a chance to bring LeBron James back to Cleveland, four years to “make this right” …

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