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January 2007 Issue

  • Ask the Plastic Surgeon
    On a frequent basis, I see advertisements for products that are "better than Botox", lunchtime laser....
Editor's Column
A la Carte
Arts and Entertainment
  • Listener Supported
    "Cleveland Rock & Roll Memories" is a souvenir program recalling the zenith of the city's rock scene -- a fan friendly oral history that uncovers many stories you haven't heard (or couldn't remember --wink, wink) until now.
  • Reaching Out
    Jim Vickers
    As the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage enters its second year, new executive director Judi Feniger hopes to take the city’s youngest cultural institution to a wider audience.
Cover Story
  • Planet LeBron
    Colleen Mytnick
    He’s got the world at his fingertips. All of 22 years old, LeBron James is a one-man brand. The Cleveland Cavaliers’ star has taken the NBA by storm, and a summer trip to China with Team USA has the King poised for global domination. A father, fearless competitor and savvy businessman, he’s arguably the most interesting man on Earth. And before he’s done, he wants to be the richest, too.
  • Up From the Basement
    If all you know about Warrensville Heights is Filene’s Basement, Mayor Marcia Fudge would like to have a word with you. Since she took office seven years ago, the city has gotten a financial makeover and added successful residential and business developments — including the Boston-based discount retailer.
  • Doug Clifton Retires
    Erick Trickey
    Cleveland’s daily newspaper is changing even faster than we thought. On the heels of our January 2007 article (“The New Dealer”) looking at tumultuous changes at the PD and how the newspaper is adjusting to industry shifts, Editor Doug Clifton announces he will step down June 1. We talk to publisher Terry Egger and Clifton himself about the announcement.
  • Our Most Interesting People 2007
    Becky Adams, Ashley Harrington, Mark Karges, Amber Matheson, Colleen Mytnick, Kim Schneider, Lane Strauss, Laura Taxel, Erick Trickey, Jim Vickers, and Tori Woods
    One is an Emmy winner for "My Name is Earl." Another is one of the NFL's top tight ends.  There's a grandma videogamer and a museum currator, a competitive fighter and a groundbreaking choreographer.  They are ... our most interesting people 2007.
  • The New Dealer
    Erick Trickey
    The newspaper industry is navigating rough waters:
    declining circulation, shrinking profit margins and a raft of other challenges.
    So The Plain Dealer is battening down with a new publisher, a host of buyouts, greater emphasis on the Web and a revamped sales strategy.  Update: Doug Clifton Retires
  • The Perception Question
    Michael D. Roberts
    This month marks a year in office for Mayor Frank Jackson.
    But should his involvement in and silence about recent public missteps, including the CMHA land deal in his former ward, have us concerned about his administration’s image?
Special Sections
  • Celebrity Weddings
    They deliver the news and knock the ball out of the park. They intrigue, educate and entertain. They are the people we always want to know more about, and this year they tied the knot. We go behind the scenes of three of the weddings of the year.
  • Surviving a Terrorist Bomb
    On Oct. 12, 2002, suicide bombers killed 202 people on the Indonesian island of Bali. Sophie Sureau was there. The 35-year-old survived. On her road to recovery, she spent time with family in Canada; got married; founded a nonprofit to help burn victims and, after her husband’s transfer to Cleveland, became executive director of the local chapter of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. She recently returned to work after the birth of her daughter, Chloe.
Cellar Notes
Home Remodeling
    Tori Woods
    To do it yourself, or not to do it yourself. It’s the question that precedes every home remodeling project. We talked to a DIY guru and local contractors to help you decide which projects you may be able to tackle, and the ones best left to the pros.
  • Reinventing Your Home
    Kristen Hampshire
    A Fresh Look
    Our guide to homeremodeling from largejobs to small projects.How to plan, pick acontractor, get the work done right and not getin too deep.
  • Tool Time
    Mark Karges
    You can save a bit of money doing repairs and renovations yourself. Here’s a rundown on the power-tool essentials for the home do-it-yourselfer.
  • What's Cooking
    Lynne Thompson
    Four local remodeling firms share renovation ideas for your kitchen, no matter its size.
Kids A-Z
  • Battle Lines
    Lori Valyko Weber
    How often does “just one more episode of ‘SpongeBob’ ” ignite a tantrum from your 8-year-old that turns into a full-fledged power struggle? Probably more than you’d like. But it doesn’t have to be World War III. Here’s some expert advice on how to pick you battles ­— or avoid them altogether.
  • Look Who's 3!
    In January 2004, we profiled six mothers-to-be, their pregnant bellies and their new little bundles of baby joy. Well, they’re out of diapers, growing fast and just turned 3. So is everything still such a treat? We check in for an update.
  • Play Dates
    The right playgroup can be a great way to connect with other moms and aid in your child’s development.
  • The Right Time
    Mark Karges
    Camp can be a great experience. But how do you know if your son or daughter is ready for a week away from home? Here are some simple ways to make the call and prepare him — and yourself — for overnight camp.
The Agenda
  • Yoop it Up
    Outhouse races in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula or midnight skiing in central Ohio? Choose the outdoor adventure that’ll chase away your winter blues.
  • 6 Trips, 1 Requirement: Snow
    The Editors
    Outhouse races in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula or midnight skiing in central Ohio? Choose the outdoor adventure that’ll chase away your winter blues.

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