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Shaw could be nearing contract

June 30, 2010 in Uncategorized

INDEPENDENCE — With a new rumor about LeBron James’ impending free agency seemingly surfacing every few hours, the most sound one Tuesday had the Cavaliers on the verge of hiring Brian Shaw as their next head coach.

Several outlets went so far as to report the two sides had agreed on a deal — Shaw is …Read More

Cavs could have an edge

June 30, 2010 in Uncategorized

Editor’s note: The following is the second of a two-part series dealing with LeBron James’ impending free agency. Part 1 looked at the potential roster the Chicago Bulls could be put together. In Part 2, we look at why James might re-sign with the Cavaliers.

INDEPENDENCE — LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh supposedly have …Read More

Getting fixed up for Lodi’s bicentennial

June 30, 2010 in Uncategorized

LODI — Council’s Parks Committee is beginning to fix up the village’s three parks to prepare for Lodi’s bicentennial in 2011.

The gazebo in Memorial Park recently was repainted and given a brick facade, and the shingles on six shelters in the Community Park were replaced with green metal roofs.

Lodi is hoping to accomplish more park …Read More

Immigration reform not so easy

June 30, 2010 in Uncategorized

navareetteSAN DIEGO – “What do you mean I’m out of money?” says the bumper sticker. “I still have checks left!”

In the immigration debate, some folks use the same logic to raise the issue of border security. “What do you mean the border is secure?” they seem to say. “We still have illegal immigrants in the United States.”

For some Americans, a complicated issue really is that simple. They’ll never be convinced that the U.S.-Mexico border is totally secure as long as the phenomenon of illegal immigration continues, and they’ll use their contention that the border isn’t secure as a convenient excuse to oppose comprehensive immigration reform that includes earned legal status for the undocumented.

That’s not fair. It’s like liberal Democrats saying they’ll support tax cuts – as soon as we end poverty in the United States. It’s a way of getting out of doing something you don’t want to do.

By the way, opponents of reform should put their cards on the table and list the real reasons they object to the idea of allowing illegal immigrants to remain in the United States. My guess is that “because the border isn’t secure” wouldn’t make the top 10.

The federal government could go for broke and build a 2,000-mile-long and 20-foot-high wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, deploy 10,000 National Guard troops, and station enough Border Patrol agents so they stand shoulder to shoulder on the front line. And none of these things would convince the critics. Outraged citizens would still call into talk radio shows or post angry comments on websites declaring the border unsecure and citing as evidence the fact that there are still illegal immigrants living and working on this side.

Meanwhile, politicians would still try to exploit the issue of border security for their own gain.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, who has gotten much more than her 15 minutes out of the immigration issue, is now starring in a YouTube video. Standing at the U.S.-Mexico border, she demands of President Obama: “Do your job. Secure our borders.”

And Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl is walking back from irresponsible comments he made to constituents where he claimed that Obama, in a private meeting at the White House, told him that “if we secure the border, then (Republicans) won’t have any reason to support comprehensive immigration reform.” The White House denied Kyl’s account, and the senator now says his comments were “taken a bit out of context.”

Let’s cut to the chase. Securing the border to prevent the entry of additional illegal immigrants is one thing; removing those who are already here is another.

Fortunately, some people who pay attention to the immigration debate have figured out that the opponents of comprehensive reform are playing rhetorical games and dealing in bad faith, and they’re calling them on it.

They include Tom Barry, director of the TransBorder Project at the Center for International Policy in Washington, D.C., who recently told The Arizona Republic that the demand for a completely secure border is a ploy by those opposed to immigration reform to prevent a change in policy.

“No matter how much enforcement you have,” Barry said, “there will always be people coming through. Since that is true, opponents to immigration reform will always be able to say the border is still not secure … and therefore we cannot pass immigration reform.”

They also include Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. During a recent speech in Denver to the annual convention of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, Napolitano accused members of Congress who advocate for a more secure border of “moving the goalposts.” Napolitano insists that the border is more secure than ever, a claim mocked by immigration restrictionists. But she has also figured out that when critics say, “secure” the border, what they really mean is to completely “seal” the border.

Napolitano is right on the money. The proponents of border security are moving the goalposts. And they’ll keep moving them as long as its serves them politically. She’s also right that “secure” means “seal.” And here’s why it matters: One of those things can be accomplished, but the other can’t. We can secure the 2,000-mile-long U.S.-Mexico border with more personnel and equipment. But we’ll never be able to totally seal it.

The determined and the desperate will always get through as long as there are people waiting to hire them. Until we confront – boldly and honestly – this part of the problem, we’re going to continue to have a problem.

Ruben Navarrette is a columnist and editorial board member at the San Diego Union Tribune. He offers new thinking on major issues, especially thorny questions involving ethnicity and national origin.

Obituaries for June 30, 2010

June 30, 2010 in Uncategorized

Gerald Laurenti
Billy Ray
Glendon Vern Roach
Beatrice M. Wetmore

Read the full obituaries in The Gazette E-dition at:

Indians notes: Squeeze play only in necessity for Acta

June 29, 2010 in Uncategorized

CLEVELAND – Though the squeeze play worked wonders for his team in a 2-1 victory over the Blue Jays on Monday, Indians manager Manny Acta would prefer not to employ the strategy on a regular basis.
“I would rather have nine guys hit .340 with a .540 on-base percentage,” Acta said. “On-base percentage and slugging percentage, […]

Indians 5, Blue Jays 4: Tribe wins third straight

June 29, 2010 in Uncategorized

CLEVELAND – It isn’t often that one of the worst offensive clubs in the majors is also one of the best in clutch situations. But that has been the Indians’ modus operandi this season.
Scoring runs as a whole has been a struggle for Cleveland all year long. Scoring them with two outs? Not so much.
Such […]

Indians 5, Blue Jays 4: Tribe wins third straight

June 29, 2010 in Uncategorized

Fausto Carmona allowed three earned runs over 6 1/3 innings and the Indians won their third straight game, edging Toronto 5-4 at Progressive Field on Tuesday night.
Cleveland scored the first four runs of the game, two on an error from former Indians infielder John McDonald.

Editorial: International festival and bazaar a success

June 29, 2010 in Uncategorized

p6260005Editor’s Note – The views and opinions expressed in this article are of those of the author only.  They in no way reflect the views and opinions of or its partners and affiliates.

If I had to give the 2010 International Festival in Lorain Ohio a grade, I would give it a B +.  Over the three days, the Festival organizers did a tremendous job.  Not only did they keep the pageantry of the event alive with original music, but they added a “child friendly” zone which included inflatables and food children find difficult to refuse.  Despite the unfavorable weather toward the end of the festival Sunday, patrons enjoyed themselves immensely and those who came will undoubtedly intend to visit again next year.

The Food

The food is considered the highlight of the International Festival and Bazaar.  It is a time when those who attend can enjoy food otherwise may never be experienced.  Foods were inspired by Italy, Puerto Rico, Croatia, Vietnam, Africa, and many more.  The only downside I experiences were that some cultures decided to sell pastry snacks instead of authentic ethnic food.  On more then one occasion I witnessed food being cooked that I could find at a grocery store and put in the oven for 30 minutes.  When I attend the International Festival, I want food “made from scratch”, not ice cream and funnel cakes.  Also, when I decide to purchase food from a booth that represents a particular ethnicity, I would prefer to have the food cooked by someone from that ethnicity; to me it is all part of the experience. 

Additionally, at times I felt the prices were too high.  It made me wonder the true purpose of selling the food.  I would like to think all proceeds would go to a church or some other tax exempt organization, but too often I came away with the feeling the extra charge was to fill the pockets of businesses taking advantage. 

The Entertainment

The music and talent was a great sight to see.  As the blogger for, I was particularly proud of the hispanc/latino talent, such as Las Hijas Latinas and Tango Cleveland.  I could tell the singing and dancing was well choreographed and well rehearsed.  I cannot wait to be a witness next year.

Odds and Ends

Though the total attendance is uncertain at the moment, it is believed to be approximately 45,000 over the three day period.  Local police say there was only one “minor” arrest.  This is great news for the festival organizers, the community, law enforcement, and those who try so desperately to show the surrounding areas that the city of Lorain is a great place to frequent and can be a beacon for tourism. 

This year a local group pushed to have wristbands attached to those 21 and over to curb alcohol consumption by minors.  By all accounts from festival organizers the campaign was a huge success, but I am not sure how well the wristband requirement was enforced.  Upon entering the festival, I was asked my age.  Although I am over 21, I was not given a wristband.  I then began to question whether or not the new requirement was being taken seriously.

Final Thoughts

The International Festival and Bazaar was a success.  I encourage all of you to visit the Web site for past stories and photos on the International Festival and Bazaar, and to experience the entire perspective of each culture and all events, visit and click on the International Festival blog on the right of the page.

Chronicle video approaches 5 million views

June 29, 2010 in Uncategorized


Our number one video on the Chronicle Youtube account is an accident on I90. Three years a driver traveling the wrong way on 90 hit a semi head on. The vehicles burst into flames.

When you look over the incredible number of views for this one particular video it’s due to a pair of factors. One is the referals from similar videos and the other is keywords. The search words we add to the video to make it easy to find also happen to be the same keywords a lot of people happen to use when looking for videos online.

The number of hits on this one video were really a surprise, it’s easily twice the number of views of the second place video.  That video was also shot three years ago, it was the Taser shooting of an intoxicated woman who was in the custody of the Sheffield Village Police. That video has 1,196,164 views.