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August 2013

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  • A Mother's Mission
    by Erick Trickey
    When Yvonne Pointer's daughter, Gloria, was murdered in 1984, the mother of three dedicated her life to service and activism. Her daughter's case went unsolved for 29 years  —  until this May, when a suspect was charged in the slaying. Now, Pointer faces a new challenge: She must find herself. 
  • Fair Play
    Edited by Steve Gleydura; Stories by James Bigley II, Caitlyn Callahan, Elaine T. Cicora, Chris Dobstaff, Barry Goodrich, John Hitch, Kelsey Husnick, Amber Matheson, Alyssa Morlacci, Drew Parker, Kelly Petryszyn and Kim Schneider
  • Fair Play: Cattle Call
    As the youngest of six children at Boyert's Greenhouse and Far, 18-year-old Clayton Boyert is raising six heifers and nine pigs, while taking care of 15 additional cows with hopes of building a future in the cattle industry. He led his shorthorn heifer to win the championship at the National Junior Shorthorn Competition in Des Moines, Iowa, this summer. 
  • Fair Play: Crash Course
    Willoughby's Tom Powell got his first lesson in demolition derby at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds last summer. Powell, a 53-year-old master technician at Mazda-Saab of Bedford, placed second in his first derby behind 21-year-old Ashley "Smashley" Saponari of North Royalton. Older, wiser and a little sorer, Powell returns to the event this year.
  • Fair Play: Magic Carpets
    Sibyl Osicka has been demonstrating her rug-making technique at the Cuyahoga County Fair for more than 30 years. Fairgoers can pull up a chair to watch her work  she always keeps a couple seats handy for visitors. 
  • Fair Play: Of Note
    Barbara Ricca has been playing the trumpet with the Geauga County Fair Band since it began in 1938. As Ohio's oldest and only county fair band, it has about 50 active participants, but Ricca, 90, is the only original member. 
  • Home Days: Light Fixture
    by Rebecca Meiser
    An eco-conscious family gives new life to a post-World War II bungalow in Rocky River.
  • Home Days: Ranch Revival
    by Kathy Ames Carr
    Know for their single-floor living, a popular 1970s home style gets a modern update. 
  • Home Days: Sense of History
    by Rebecca Meiser
    The Tudor revival was the most prevalent home in Cleveland Heights during the early 20th century, and Fairmount Boulevard boasts great expectations.
Lake Effect
  • Course Notes
    John Hitch
    The world's best golfers head to Akron's Firestone Country Club Aug. 1-4. Here's how to score prime autographs, seats and more at the Bridgestone Invitational.
Public Square
  • Green Daze
    Jason Brill
    The downtown malls are the city's front lawn, so why don't we hang out there?
  • No-Fly Zone
    by Drew Parker
    The cancellation of this year's Cleveland National Air Show might cause turbulence in your Labor Day plans. We searched for alternatives to help your weekend take off.


  • The Indecision
    Jason Brill
    Call it the summer of our discontent. A few hot-button topics have forced Clevelanders to choose a side the last couple of months, be it Captain America: The Winter Soldier, parking price spikes or the man who made "decision" a dirty word.
  • Glory Days
    by Chris Dobstaff
    We know being an Indians fan can increase your stress levels at times. So, take a deep breath and step up to the plate with two books that reflect on past Tribe greatness.
  • Reading Nook
    by Steven Bushong
    Literary Lots brings beloved books and an appreciation for art to life in Ohio City
Shop Talk
  • Good as Gold
    by Kathy Ames Carr
    Bonnie's Goubaud continues its legacy of bringing timeless, contemporary clothing and accessories to fashion-forward women.
  • Funny Guy
    by Barry Goodrich
    Comedian Tom Arnold, know for his dozens of acting credits and stormy marriage to Roseanne Barr, returns to his stand-up roots.
Special Sections
Talking Points
  • Paper Chase
    by Ken Doctor
    The Plain Dealer is cutting home delivery to four days and shrinking its staff. But an industry analyst says it can still excel if it learns from newsroom reinventions elsewhere.
The Dish
News Bite
  • News Bites
    Kim Schneider
    Culinary updates from around the city
On the Side
  • Lemon Aid
    by James Bigley
    Take a sip from one of these three remixed takes on summer's classic refresher.
Quick Bite
  • A Seasonal Salute
    Laura Taxel
    With a menu focused on locally grown food, the arrival of Toast is something to celebrate.
The Terminal

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