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December 2004 Issue

A la Carte
  • Man With a Plan
    Man, you look really familiar," Andy Himmel, the young, affable owner of boulevard blue, says when we meet. After the usual exchange of possible sources of familiarity "— college, hangouts, wanted posters, med-school cadavers, et cetera "— we hit on the realization that for a brief time during my tenure as executive chef at a prominent Warehouse District eatery, Andy worked there as a server.
  • Red-hot and Blue
    The arrival of winter got you down? Let me prescribe a session at Blue Canyon Kitchen * Tavern.
Cellar Notes
  • Stylish Holiday Bubbles
    Bubble season has arrived and bottles of Champagne and sparkling wine are popping up on retail shelves and holiday menus all over the city. Deciding which wine is right for you depends a lot on style — not yours, the wine's.
Arts and Entertainment
  • Insect Forensics
    Brynn Burton
    Most people don't spend a lot of time thinking about beetles, maggots and flies, but these creepy, crawly and sometimes downright nauseating creatures are often instrumental in helping police solve crimes.
  • Scrooge Speaks
    Brynn Burton
    Dudley Swetland knows the secret to playing Ebenezer Scrooge is more than grumbling a few "bah-humbugs"; it's understanding that everyone has a little Scrooge in them.
  • Come On Down
    Lynne Thompson
    As a kid in Avon, Rich Fields dreamed of what he would become when he grew up. But his role model wasn't a comic-book superhero, NFL quarterback or home-run king — it was Johnny Olsen, the original announcer on the long-running CBS-TV game show "The Price is Right."
  • Jingeling' All The Way
    Lynne Thompson
    First, there was his book. Then, there was a sweatshirt, mug, Christmas tree ornament and, most recently, a canvas tote bag.
  • On the (Cold) Case
    Jacqueline Marino
    A dead girl's braid. A photograph of a man in police custody, eyes wide with fear. Another photograph of the man's strangled throat.
  • Patron of the Arts
    Amber Matheson
    Ralph Waldo Emerson claimed art is a jealous mistress, but clearly he never worked for this insurance company.
News Bite
Cool Cleveland
Cover Story
  • 19 Reasons to Cross the River
    Don't know where Duck Island is? It's the no man's land between Ohio City and Tremont, supposedly named after a bend in the river.
  • Dividing Lines
    Daniel Gray-Kontar
    It's never been clearer to me that the historic division between Cleveland's East and West sides has caused the destruction of the city's urban core.
  • East-West Connection
    Erick Trickey
    When I lived in Lakewood and made my weekend runs to Cleveland Heights, watching the clock, anxious at the stop signs, I discovered that a good road can be heroic.
  • Party? We'll Cross For That
    The signs directed West Siders to enter at the front, East Siders in the back. As if the two groups needed any help segregating themselves
  • R.I.P. East vs. West
    We all know the refrain. The East Side is blue blood, cultured, liberal, diverse. The West Side is blue collar, new money, conservative, ethnic, white.
  • The Cross-the-River Challenge
    On a rainy night in October, Cleveland Magazine asked two local couples to do the unthinkable: spend an evening on the other side of town.
  • The Early Days
    The fabled antagonism between the East and West sides of Cleveland boasts a lengthy pedigree. We offer a timeline for the serious student.
  • Cleveland's Godfather Returns
    Jim Vickers
    Mark Winegardner is famiglia. He may live in Florida now, but Cleveland never left him. Not after he spent five years writing a sprawling 561-page novel about the city that begins with Satchel Paige's first home game in an Indians uniform and ends with the Cuyahoga River in flames.
  • Fast Lane
    It's winter, baby! And while most of us sit inside, nestled by a warm fire and sipping hot cocoa, a chosen few brave the steely ice and cold, trudging through the middle of the night to ensure that when we wake up in the morning, our driveways will be clear, free of Mother Nature's five-month reminder that Cleveland is not located in the state of Hawaii.
  • The Price of Liberty
    Dec. 7, 1941 — The message crackled through the radio: Japan had attacked Pearl Harbor. It was three days before Tanaka's 19th birthday, and he felt nervous.
  • The Year in LeBron
    The crowning of King James and 11 other things you may have heard about in the past 12 months.
  • Steelhead Commute
    Chris Thompson
    Lured by the silvery rewards of the Rocky River, one avid fisherman turns his morning drive into a pilgrimage for trout.
Special Sections
  • Back to Front
    Eileen Beal
    Biology is destiny. For anyone with a spine, odds are five to one that excruciating back pain is going to land you in the doctor's office someday
  • City of Givers
    Lori Valyko Weber
    Cleveland leads the nation for the second straight year when it comes to running efficient, effective nonprofits.
  • Nanomedicine: The Next 'Big' Thing
    Eileen Beal
    What if doctors could — right in their office — detect and destroy the very first malignant cells that were going to cause cancer in your breast?
  • Retire Rich? Yes, You Can.
    Despite Ohio's struggling economy, we can still dream of quitting our jobs early and living the good life, right? Judging by the overwhelming response to our call for volunteers, a lot of you have visions of vacations, community service or a quiet retreat
  • Seeing Is Believing
    Eileen Beal
    Northeast Ohio — including, Cleveland, America's sixth-fattest city — is ground zero for Type II/adult-onset diabetes.
  • Stem-cell Research in Cleveland
    Heide Aungst
    Though the cacophonous echoes of November's election are finally fading away, at least one hotly contested issue isn't going away any time soon: stem-cell research.
The Agenda
  • A Pre-Christmas Story
    Amber Matheson
    Catch the spirit and some unparalleled chicken dinners in Frankenmuth, Mich.

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